Chitral centenarian recovers from Covid-19

Updated 22 Jul 2020

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Aziz Abdul Alim
Aziz Abdul Alim

CHITRAL: A centenarian man has recovered from coronavirus in a remote mountainous region of Upper Chitral district.

Aziz Abdul Alim of Booni village was discharged from hospital after his condition was found to be stable.

The regional head of Aga Khan Health Service (AKHS) told Dawn that the 103-year-old was admitted to the Aga Khan Health Services Emergency Response Centre after testing positive for Covid-19.

He said during a two-week stay at the centre, the elderly man convalesced without requiring supplemental oxygen.

“We treated Mr Aziz as a high-risk patient given his advanced age and provided him with appropriate medical care along with psychosocial and moral support - equally important during these distressing times.

In a short span of time we have successfully treated 59 Covid-19 patients in the newly-set up facility – many of whom were elderly,” he said.

“We were very worried about my father’s poor health. We felt there was no hope of his survival. My father was very excited at the time of his discharge. He greeted all the staff and management while leaving the hospital and thanked everyone for taking care of him,” said Sohail, Aziz’s son.

Published in Dawn, July 22nd, 2020