Punjab increases reserved beds, ventilators due to rise in Corona

Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid reviewed arrangements to treat COVID-19 cases in Punjab’s hospitals in a meeting at the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department here on Saturday.

Present in the meeting were Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Barrister Nabeel Awan, Secretary Health South Punjab Ajmal Bhatti, Additional Secretary Development Dr. Asif Tufail, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan, Dean Children Hospital Professor Masood Sadiq, Principal Ameeruddin Medical College Professor Dr. Sardar Alfareed, Professor Farid from Mayo Hospital, Professor Dr. Rashid Zia, MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Iftikhar, MS Jinnah Hospital Dr. Yahya Sultan, MS Ganga Ram Hospital Dr. Ehtasham-ul-Haq, Professor Dr. Tayyaba Wasim, Professor Dr. Salim whereas Vice Chancellors and Principals joined via video link. Additional Secretary Development Dr. Asif Tufail presented details of arrangements made at hospitals.

The Health Minister said, “Due to the rising number of cases, the facilities reserved for COVID-19 are being increased and the number of ventilators and beds are being enhanced.

Like the first and second wave, we will prevail Inshallah in the third wave as well. All healthcare workers must serve patients with dedication.

Except exams, other academic activities must be stopped immediately and online classes may continue. All required resources for COVID-19 patients must be provided.

The vaccination of people over 60 years of age will continue and the testing capacities shall be scaled up. The number of beds has been increased in High Dependency Units and Isolation wards.

Additional Secretary Development Dr. Asif Tufail will be the focal person for the enhancement in facilities. Routine treatment will continue as normal.

Adequate resources are available in Punjab and I urge people to take precautionary measures.

Secretary SHME Department Barrister Nabeel Awan said that the administrative department is constantly in touch with the hospitals on a day to day situation.

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