ISLAMABAD: When the second wave of coronavirus took as many as 105 lives, the second highest since the outbreak of the disease, Dr Faisal Sultan, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister (SAPM) on Health, said in the past 24 hours on Wednesday that Pakistan was going through the same situation it faced in June.
On June 15, after the first wave had hit its height, the largest number of fatalities was previously recorded, taking 124 lives a day and making the June 8 toll of 90 deaths the second highest.
With over a hundred more deaths, Covid-19’s national death toll has now jumped to 9,010.
During the first outbreak of the pandemic, the epidemic even entered some regions that appeared untouched. The pressure on hospitals is increasingly growing, which is why we have expanded their capacity. Dr. Sultan said while chairing an online event on Reinforcing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) during the second wave of Covid-19 on Wednesday, I call on the masses to stick strictly to the SOPs.
The health assistant of the PM clarified that the virus spread quickly and that the number of cases rose at the same rate as that registered in June.
As Covid claims 105 more lives, PM’s aide finds situation similar to June’s
The Ministry of National Health Care and the United Nations Children’s Fund jointly arranged the online workshop (Unicef).
It was told that with over 440,000 confirmed cases in the world till date, the government was once again taking strict steps to reduce the spread of coronavirus infection. Provincial governments have followed suit with health authorities and administrative agencies to implement required public-place preventive initiatives and urge citizens to stick to SOPs to shield themselves and others from the virus.
While the national positivity ratio was 7.2 per cent, it was 18.76pc in Karachi, followed by 16.56pc in Hyderabad and 15.99pc in Peshawar, according to the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) numbers.
In the last 24 hours, 2,731 new cases from around the country have been registered, with as many as 105 patients dead. NCOC figures revealed that 316 coronavirus patients were kept on ventilators, while the overall number of deaths approached 9,000.
“Dr. Yasmin Rashid, Punjab Health Minister, said The number of patients in hospitals has also risen with an increase in the number of Covid-19 infections. Since we did not continue to practise the SOPs, this happened.
When going out, we must wear a mask, as it eliminates infection spread by 70 percent. It is really helpful to wash proper hands with soap and so is mutual distancing. If we continue to exercise all SOPs, I assure you that we will be as effective in combating the second wave of Covid-19 as we managed the first time,” she said.
“Taimur Saleem Jhagra, the health minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said: “Pakistan countered the first wave very well, but now the second wave has reached the world and it can be much more severe. In order to strictly obey the SOPs, I urge people to modify their social actions so that neither our health system is overburdened nor influenced by economic growth.
Despite all the challenges, Pakistan has handled the first round of Covid-19 in a very successful way,’ said Rubaba Khan Buledi, Balochistan’s Parliamentary Secretary for Health. The general public’s responsible political behaviour made that possible. Now that Pakistan has been struck by the second wave of Covid-19, we need people to obey the SOPs very diligently.
“Dr Irshad Memon, Director General of Sindh Health Services, said, “Just as the number of cases began to decline, we got complacent in taking precautions against the virus. The levels of positivity, which had dropped to around 2.5 percent, has now risen up to 14pc in the province, but by practising the SOPs we can regulate this.
155 response units planned
Meanwhile, at a ceremony, the PM’s assistant expressed his gratitude to USAID for promoting the creation of 155 District Disease Surveillance and Response Units (DDSRUs) in Pakistan. He said the implementation of an integrated disease monitoring system in Pakistan would go a long way and reduce infectious disease-related mortality and morbidity with timely prevention, diagnosis and response.
Maj Gen Aamer Ikram, Executive Director of the National Institute of Health, clarified the importance of such units linked to their respective provinces and, finally, to the federal division of epidemiology and disease surveillance headquartered in NIH Islamabad for timely monitoring of all infectious diseases, in particular Covid-19.