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Yasmin Rashid cautions hospitals against corona 4th wave

August 03, 2021

LAHORE:Punjab Minister for Health Dr Yasmin Rashid on Monday directed all government hospitals in the province to remain alert in view of the severity of the fourth wave of coronavirus.

She issued these directions while presiding over a meeting to review the medical facilities available for coronavirus patients in government hospitals across the province and measures for restriction of virus in case of further increase.

Secretary Health M Aamir Jan, Additional Secretary Dr Asif Tufail, King Edward Medical University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Masood Gondal, Fatima Jinnah Medical University VC Prof Dr Amir Zaman Khan, Ameeruddin Medical College Principal Dr Sardar Alfreed, Children Hospital Dean Prof Dr Masood Sadiq and others were present in the meeting.

During the meeting, heads of all government hospitals and medical institutions briefed the minister on the medical facilities available for corona patients.

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that corona’s fourth wave was affecting patients to a dangerous extent, adding that positivity as well as mortality rates were increasing rapidly during the fourth wave of coronavirus. She said the management of all government hospitals should provide details of medical facilities available for corona patients and further capacity to enhance the facilities in their respective hospitals during 24 hours.

She said that oxygenated beds, ventilators and other facilities were available in Punjab government hospitals for corona patients, adding that due to increase in the number of cases of corona in Punjab, the capacity of government hospitals had the potential to enhance their facilities within 24 hours. She said that all government hospitals including five major hospitals in provincial capital Mayo, General, Jinnah, Services and Gangaram hospitals were providing additional medical facilities to corona patients, adding that in case of emergency, a 350-bed Expo Field Hospital facility would be utilised in Lahore. She said that all doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, patients and their families should ensure use of mask in government hospitals at all costs. The provincial minister urged people to strictly follow SOPs to avoid fourth dangerous wave of corona. She said that Additional Secretary Development Dr Asif Tufail had been appointed as focal person for expanding medical facilities for corona patients in Punjab government hospitals.

She expressed satisfaction over medical facilities for corona patients in all government hospitals in Punjab. Dr Yasmin Rashid said that corona vaccination drive was going successfully in Punjab, adding that the corona vaccine was being administered to 5,50,000 to 6,00,000 people on a daily basis across the province.

According to the statistics of corona patients in government hospitals, most of the infected patients were being admitted without vaccination, she maintained and added that coronavirus rarely affected the people who had completed their vaccination.

She directed the management of hospitals to ensure the vaccination of healthcare workers in Punjab government hospitals, adding that Vice Chancellors should also ensure vaccination of students and teachers in medical schools.