Faisal Edhi, son of world-famous philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi and chairman of the Edhi Foundation, has tested positive for the coronavirus, it emerged on Tuesday.
Speaking to Dawn, his son Saad Edhi said that his father started suffering from symptoms last week, soon after he travelled to Islamabad to meet with Prime Minister Imran Khan on April 15.
"The symptoms lasted for four days before subsiding," he said. Soon after, Faisal got tested for Covid-19 and the results came back positive today.
Saad added that his father was currently in Islamabad and was doing better. "He has not been admitted to any hospital and is self-isolating," he said.
ast week, the Edhi Foundation chairman had met Prime Minister Imran Khan and had handed over a Rs10 million cheque for the premier's coronavirus relief fund.
The Edhi Foundation has for decades stepped in to help when government services have failed communities and runs the country’s largest ambulance service.
Due to the outbreak, it has had to train dozens of staff on how to handle suspected coronavirus patients. But providing them with proper protection has been a problem given a nationwide shortage of the equipment.
“We’ve compromised on certain things and use alternatives,” Faisal had told Reuters at his office in Karachi last month.
Faisal had said his organisation was getting dozens of calls a day from people worried that they or their relatives were infected with the coronavirus.
The Edhi Foundation was founded by the late Abdul Sattar Edhi and its operations are sprawled throughout the country. Edhi runs several shelter houses, old homes, an ambulance network, orphanages, soup kitchens, morgues along with multiple other welfare services.
Since the demise of Edhi in 2016, however, the foundation has seen a drop in donations and funds.