Wasim Sajjad

LOWER DIR: Amid the increasing number of coronavirus cases in Lower Dir, the pressure on public sector hospitals is mounting and the government is also finding it difficult to find more quarantine places to keep the suspected coronavirus patients separate from others to avoid its further spread.

In this situation, Shoaib Ahmed, a local resident, has announced to provide his boys hostel building having 54 furnished rooms for a quarantine facility for suspected coronavirus patients. Besides providing Darman Students Hostel as quarantine, Shoaib Ahmed has also distributed ration among the minorities and Afghan Refugees in Lower Dir to help them in the hour of need.

Sohaib Ahmad said posted on Twitter on March 28 that he owns a fully furnished building ‘Darman Students Hostel’ having 50 rooms with attached washrooms. He said he posted that he was offering the building voluntarily to the district administration and other local authorities to use it as a quarantine centre or isolation treatment centre in Timergara. He said the local authorities soon visited the marked location and the hostel was handed over to them.

“First, I presented myself to work in the marked isolation centre to help people in this time of crisis and later on my friends and other people also volunteered for this purpose,’’ Shoaib said while talking to TNN. Among the volunteers, there is also a member from Hindu community, Adish Kumar, who is also serving the people in this time of need.

At least 76 suspected coronavirus patients have been kept at the new quarantine centre and two of them have been provided complete treatment. A confirmed coronavirus case was also provided treatment from this centre. Sohiab Ahmad said he is also providing food and other necessary items to the admitted people.

Sohaib said he also distributed ration worth Rs50,000 each among 22 families of Afghan refugees in the district.

“Majority of the our Afghan brothers are daily wagers who are facing a lot of difficulties nowadays. We have decided to help them during the lockdown,’’ he said.

He said ration worth Rs45,000 each was also distributed among 24 families in the two quarantined neighbourhoods of Koto, Lower Dir.

He said a Ramazan package is also being distributed among the needy in the holy month of Ramazan.