Mayor Karachi Wasim Akhtar on Monday announced to fix five graveyards of the city for the burial of citizens who died due to coronavirus, saying that only a few relatives of the deceased would be allowed to attend funerals.
Speaking with media after reviewing measures to tackle coronavirus at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, Waseem Akhtar said that all preventive steps would be taken by the local administration at the funeral of COVID-19 victims.
“Only close relatives of the deceased would be allowed to attend funerals and no one can have last glimpse in the graveyard,” he added.
Metropolitan Commissioner Dr Syed Saif ur Rehman, Senior Director Coordination Masood Alam, Senior Director Health Services Dr Salma Kausar, Medical Superintendent Dr Nadeem Rajput and other officials were also present on the occasion.
Moreover Mayor Karachi said, Muhammad Shah graveyard North Karachi, Surjani graveyard, Mawach Goth graveyard, Korangi No.6 graveyard and Gulshan e Zia graveyard Orangi Town have been fixed for the purpose.
He said that the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is taking all measures despite limited resources, adding that he had approached National Disaster Management and Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and asked them to provide all basic equipment including ventilators to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital. ”
Abbasi Shaheed Hospital should also be given due funds so that it could be used for coronavirus testing just as Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre, Dr Ruth KM Pfau Civil Hospital and Indus Hospital,” said Mayor.
He was of the view that just as other departments, the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation is also concerned on the current situation. He added that filter clinic has been established at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital which would provide preliminary testing facility.
Earlier he also distributed masks and other preventive equipments to the doctors and other paramedics of the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital