An educational institute Riphah Medical College has been sealed by Islamabad district administration due to the emergence of 16 COVID-19 cases amongst students and employees. In order to curb the further spread of the virus, this step has been taken.
District Health Officer Dr. Zaeem Zia said, “We have been showing zero-tolerance regarding the spread of the virus. As soon as we learned that the virus is spreading among the students and employees of the college, we declared it a hotspot and decided to close it.”
In a letter, the district health officer said, “It has been observed with great concern that numerous cases of Covid-19 have been reported from Riphah Medical College, Islamabad, since September 9.”
Adding, “To date more than 16 cases have been reported. This trend is very alarming as this institute is becoming a super spreader and a hotspot for Covid-19. It is advised to immediately close down the campus and hostel premises and conduct thorough disinfection activities.
Furthermore, Covid-19 testing of all the exposed staff/students must be performed and adherence to SOPs must be ensured. In view of the above, it is requested that necessary action may please be taken.”
It was revealed by the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) official that even though the educational institutions closed across Pakistan, students of third and four years were called by Ripah College management and they contracted the virus.
The official said, “We have decided to seek an explanation from the college that why the students were called despite the fact that the government had announced the closure of all educational institutions.”