The Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi’s “Response to COVID-19”
The Aga Khan University Hospital was the first hospital in Pakistan to receive and successfully treat a COVID 19-positive patient. It also spearheaded Pakistan’s pandemic response by making the first polymerase chain reaction tests available as early as February 2020. Immediately after receiving its first patient, it immediately converted existing hospital facilities into dedicated COVID treatment zones to halt the spread of the pandemic. It has also set up a 10-bed state-of-the-art Acute Care Unit to care for critically ill COVID patients. The hospital has also suspended elective procedures and launched online and telemedicine consultations for patients. To protect its employees, it has provided housing arrangements for its frontline staff and launched an app which provides daily health checks for employees.
Because of its agile response to the pandemic, its laboratories have been designated as reference labs for COVID testing, and experts from the hospital have been consulted by the provincial and federal government in crafting national COVID preparedness plans. As of October 2020, the Aga Khan University Hospital has performed over 110,000 PCR tests and treated over 1,600 confirmed cases, with over 97% of patients recovered.