KARACHI: A 45 year old man was shifted to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC)’s isolation ward from Jinnah International Airport this morning for being a suspected Ebola patient.
The man of Pakistani origin, doing businessman in Liberia had arrived in the city with high fever and details he mentioned in his health card, a prerequisite along with embankments card, led the authorities to refer him to JPMC.
Executive Director JPMC and senior doctor, Prof. Tasneem Ahsan thoroughly examined the man, and found his body temperature almost normal, however, since it was recorded at 102 degree earlier, was preferred to be retained at the hospital’s isolation ward.
The man’s blood sample and relevant body fluids have been dispatched to National Institute of Health (NIH), Islamabad, said JPMC sources.
It was, however, noticed said facilities relevant to ascertain Ebola virus were not available even at NIH, Islamabad and therefore the samples would have to be sent to Cairo Egypt, the WHO headquarters for Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO).
The suspected patient originally hails from Mansehra, however, his family is currently based in Malir.
He would expectedly be kept quarantined at JPMC isolation ward till his status is duly confirmed by the concerned authorities.