As the world struggles to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, this article talks about the experience and findings of the first COVID-19 screening facility in a tertiary care hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. Department of Family Medicine at Aga Khan University (AKU) took initiative where COVID-19 screening of stable patients first began in a dedicated area. Since testing kits were limited and community spread had not started, nurses would screen every walk-in patient based on the presence of fever, cough, travel history and exposure to COVID-19 positive patient in the last 14 days, and advise swab testing if indicated. Out of 742-screened patients, approximately 66% were males and 34% were females. 38% of patients reported fever and 54% of patients reported cough. 8% (65) patients checked all three screening criteria of cough, fever and international travel exposure whereas 35% were asymptomatic. The majority had clinical exposure (38.3%) followed by public exposure (33.4%) and international travel exposure (19.8%).
Publication ( Name of Journal)
Liaquat National Journal of Primary Care
Lal, K. K.,
(2021). Reflections of an earliest established screening and testing facility for COVID-19 in the largest Metropolis, Pakistan. Liaquat National Journal of Primary Care, 3(1), 49-51.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pakistan_fhs_mc_fam_med/254
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