Health Team Deployed at Torkham Border to Screen for Coronavirus

In the wake of several coronavirus cases in Afghanistan, the Pakistani border authorities have established a screening point at Torkham border for checking of passengers and vehicles entering the country.

Assistant Commissioner Muhammad Imran informed reporters that they have deputed a 21-member team of health workers at the border point. He said that they have separate team for men, women and truck crew members coming from Afghanistan.


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The assistant commissioner said that the teams screen around 7,000 people every day on the border and that no traveller has tested positive so far. Moreover, an isolation ward has also been established at the Torkham border equipped with other medical facilities.

We have established an isolation ward at the Torkham border where an ambulance and health staff are on standby to provide medical assistance to any patient.

Despite the growing threat, the authorities have decided against closing down the border as thousands of pedestrians and transports are crossing the border every day.


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It is pertinent to mention here that at least two Pakistanis, recently returned from Iran, have tested positive for the deadly virus. One of the cases was reported in Karachi, while the other is in Islamabad.

As per health officials, both patients are out of danger.


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