Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid visited the 200 bed field hospital established at the Kala Shah Kaku Campus of the Government College University Lahore for Coronavirus patients.

GCU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Asghar Zaidi, Additional Secretary (Development) Primary and Secondary Health Care Department Umer Farooq and District Administration Officers were also present on the occasion.

The minister reviewed arrangements for providing treatment and care to coronavirus patients, saying that all confirmed patients from Kala Shah Kaku quarantine centers should be shifted to this GCU field hospital.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that they are reviewing the situation of all cities of Punjab on daily basis; more cases of coronavirus were being reported from northern Punjab than southern Punjab. She maintained that the decision to extend or relax lockdown would be taken after April 14, 2020.  She requested the people to strictly follow the government guidelines for their protection.

The minister said that the government was maintaining the food supply chain besides taking initiatives to help and protect the labour class.  She said that mostly coronavirus patients were being treated at Mayo Hospital.

Vice Chancellor Prof  Zaidi told the minister that GCU is playing its role on several fronts, particularly helping Government of Punjab for disinfectants, and in setting up a Mental Health Tele-counseling Helpline for providing free online counselling services to people suffering from anxiety, stress, fear or other psychological issues arising due to the global pandemic of Coronavirus and the consequent lockdown.

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