Yasmin alarms at rise in ICU admissions Says beds, ventilators being increased in all hospitals

Staff Reporter

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid on Sunday claimed that healthcare centres are witnessing an alarming rise in the number of critically ill patients and overall, the number of positive cases is getting very high currently.

“We are enhancing the number of beds and ventilators in all hospitals of Punjab.

In Teaching Hospitals of seven districts, outdoor of four specialties have been closed down. All possible resources are being utilized to control the Pandemic.

Some key decisions will be made in the Cabinet meeting. We have set a target 20,000 vaccination per day.”

Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid was speaking at a meeting held to review the situation of Corona Pandemic in the wake of alarming rise in number of patient in ICUs, at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Sunday.

The meeting was called on directions from Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar.

Minister for Industries Mian Aslam Iqbal, Chief Secretary Jawad Rafique Malik, Additional Chief Secretary Home Momin Agha, Secretary Specialized healthcare and Medical Education Barrister Nabeel Awan, Secretary Primary and Secondary Healthcare Ms. Sarah Aslam, Secretary Auqaf, Commissioner Lahore Division Captain (r) Usman Younis, CCPO Lahore Ghulam Mahmood Dogar, Additional IG Sahibzada Shehzad Sultan, Secretary Higher Education, Secretary Auqaf and senior officials whereas Commissioners and RPOs joined via video link.

The health minister reviewed the current situation of the Corona Pandemic in Punjab and Secretary PSH and Secretary SHME presented analysis of cases in their respective departments.

All the Commissioners shared their updates on the status of implementation of SOPs.

Different suggestions were presented before the members for improvement in situation.

The situation in worst affected cities by the latest wave came under discussion. The proposal to enhance capacity of treatment for Covid-19 was reviewed.

The progress over vaccination drive, timing of vaccination centres and strategy over implementation of SOPs in mosques came was reviewed.

The minister said that SOPs for Ramazan have just been released and the sudden rise in ICU admissions is alarming.

The procurement of more ventilators and medical equipment will be tabled in Cabinet Committee meeting.

I request people to observe SOPs. People must restrict movement and leave homes only in urgent need.”

The Punjab CS assured that Punjab administration was on alert to control the Pandemic. He added that the implementation of SOPs would be ensured and all stakeholders must work on a joint strategy to control the Pandemic.


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