LAHORE: The Punjab government appears hesitant to probe and report back to the Covid-19 reinfections that have recently seen a sudden surge in the province.
In a recent instance, the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of the Punjab Police has again tested positive for the virus. He contracted the Covid-19 around a month after he was first diagnosed with the virus in a government lab study. Since spending more than two weeks in self-isolation at home, he recovered and resumed his duty when he tested negative.
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A few days afterwards, he again showed signs of coronavirus and was examined by a private clinic, which confirmed that he had a Covid-19.
The DIG reported to this writer that he had tested positive twice a month or so and had been isolated at home.
Similarly, retired Capt Muhammad Safdar, the son-in-law of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, has recently received a second virus infection.
However the health authorities have distanced themselves from this re-infection, which is yet to be investigated, a senior official said. He said two other re-infection cases had emerged when the area manager of the DHA bank, Lahore, and his assistant manager had screened the coronavirus for a positive second time.
The Punjab Primary & Secondary Healthcare Department, which was expected to prosecute the policemen, appears hesitant to take the re-infection problem seriously.
The department’s spokesperson told Dawn that three such cases had been received by health experts at the onset of the first outbreak of the virus in March and April.
He said the system had produced warnings at that time when the CNIC numbers of the three patients returned to the data system indicating positive cases for Covid-19. However, he said the medical and health experts of the department had confirmed that these re-infections were unlikely for some reasons.