The Provincial Doctors Association of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday have demanded to close the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital as 26 employees of the hospital tested positive of COVID-19. Addressing a press conference, the Provincial Doctors Associations demanded immediate closure of the hospital due to coronavirus spread among its staff.
They said the hospital should be opened after proper process of disinfection. The confirmed coronavirus cases in Pakistan have jumped to 59,151 after the country reported 1,441 new cases during last 24 hours, they said. According to the latest figures by the National Command and Operation Center (NCOC), 28 more deaths from coronavirus were reported in one day as the nationwide tally of fatalities now stands at 1,225.
As per breakup, 21,118 cases have so far been detected in Punjab, 23507 in Sindh, 8259 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, 3536 in Balochistan, 1879 in Islamabad, 638 in Gilgit-Baltistan, and 214 in Azad Kashmir. So far 19,142 patients have recovered from the deadly virus, while 38,784 are still under treatment.
Hospitals in Peshawar are dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients which has left some health facilities in the province struggling to provide them and others with medical treatment, it emerged on Wednesday. As of May 26, the province has reported a total of 8,259 cases and 416 deaths, which is the highest death toll reported in the country. According to directives issued by the health department, only patients showing serious symptoms should be admitted to hospitals while those with mild symptoms should self-isolate at home.
Despite this, the Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) administration said that they have had to stop admitting new coronavirus patients as they do not have enough beds at the moment. A spokesman for the hospital administration said they had started referring patients to other hospitals. They attributed the rise in the number of patients to plasma therapy being offered at the hospital for treating the respiratory illness; HMC is currently the only hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which offers the experimental treatment.
‘We are not accepting new or referred patients at the moment as we are facing a shortage of beds and other facilities,’ HMC spokesperson Toueed Zulfiqar, adding that the hospital is currently focusing on catering to the needs of patients already under treatment. According to Zulfiqar, the hospital has 90 beds in the isolation facility for Covid-19 patients, out of which 85 are already occupied. ‘Beds are not a big issue, but we have to provide other facilities such as ventilators, oxygen etc.,’ Zulfiqar said, adding that the administration is trying to arrange more beds for the isolation facility.
Meanwhile, Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) spokesperson Syeda Aliya said the hospital had two isolation units for Covid-19 patients with a total capacity of 55 beds, and a separate 30 beds reserved for staff. She added that there are 40 patients including five staff members currently under treatment at KTH. ‘Out of 56 ventilators, 25 have been set aside for Covid-19 patients,’ she said.