PESHAWAR: With Khyber Pakhtunkhwa registering more and more important cases of coronavirus, the health department has ordered public sector hospitals in five districts to expand their bedding ability to cope with increasing patient burdens during the current second wave of the virus.
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Senior health officials told Dawn that the district hospitals will now provide more human staff and services for this reason.
They added that the health department has set up a control room and a bed management committee to oversee the situation in order to ensure the supply of beds to seriously ill patients with coronavirus.
“Rescue 1122 will transport patient to the hospital when beds are available,” the officials said.
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Dawn said that every MTI will add 50 more beds to Covid-19 patients by Monday.
Officials said that all hospitals in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Swat, Nowshera and Swabi districts had been instructed by the health department to come up with another 30 beds for coronavirus patients before Dec 5 and share details of the equipment and human resources planned for this function.
They said that the department was also in touch with district hospitals to strengthen diagnostic facilities and ensure that coronavirus laboratories were supplied with urgent kits for immediate testing.
Officials reported that the crisis was under control, so normal medical care would proceed.
They added, though that non-coronavirus treatment might be halted if things get out of hand.
Officials said the Hayatabad Medical Complex, Peshawar, which currently had 88 coronavirus patients, could add 200 more beds.
They added, however that a decision on the cessation of hospital services will be made at a later stage.
Officials said the department had reserved 5,440 beds for Covid-19 cases in the province and 494 of them had been filled.
They said the province had a total of 250 ventilators, of which 38 were used for patients.
Officials said that the Covid-19 province’s fatality rate was 2.9% compared to 2.03% across the world, and that 5,000 checks were carried out daily on average.
They said that the Department had agreed to use the Women and Children Hospital, Rajjar, Charsadda, as a Covid-19 facility, while the Hepatology Institute’s bedding capacity, which was allocated in June at Covid-19 Hospital but was not used, increased from 110 to 160.
Officials said that the second wave of viruses would be more deadly than the previous, as the virus gathered power after mutation.
They said that the start of the winter season and the inability of the people to take precautionary steps is a matter of concern.
Officials called for rigorous enforcement of pandemic-related controls, including lock-down in regions and populations with a peak of coronavirus incidence.
Last night, Minister of Health Taimur Khan Jhagra met with the heads of medical teaching institutions (MTIs) and addressed the availability of beds and other services for Covid-19 patients.