Around 1,227 oxygenated beds have provided by the federal government to hospitals across the country for those suffering from the novel coronavirus.
Although the data shows that the Covid-19 graph has started moving downwards as there is no need for further beds and equipment, but the government has decided to provide 2,100 oxygenated beds by July 31.
In the past 24 hrs. the country reported 2,776 Covid-19 cases and 70 deaths, taking the national tally to 236,422 and fatalities to 4,888.
Asad Umar, Minister for Planning, Development, and Special Initiatives said that as per the current situation, there was no need for more beds and facilities. Still, it has decided to build permanent facilities to meet any untoward situation in the future.
Talking to a news channel, he said, “We want to create physical capacity in our hospitals. A disease surveillance system has been established because hundreds of hospitals have been connected to a central system. We want to build a system similar to the Centre for Disease Control (CDC) of the United States, in Pakistan”.
Answering to a question, Mr. Umar shared the fear of the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) – the center is anticipating spikes in Covid-19 cases on the occasions of Eid ul Azha and Muharram.
According to the NCOC, 1,227 oxygenated beds have been provided to hospitals;
- 330 has given to hospitals in Punjab — 260 to Expo Centre and 70 to Social Security Hospital in Lahore.
- In Sindh, 70 beds have been given to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital
- Two hundred fifty beds have been provided to the Peshawar Institute of Cardiology and 70 to Charsadda Hospital.
- In Balochistan, 100 beds have allocated to Fatima Jinnah Hospital. In Islamabad, 155 have been provided to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, 59 to CDA Hospital, and 13 to Polyclinic Hospital.
- In Azad Kashmir, 20 beds each have provided to DHQ Kotli, Abbas Institute of Medical Sciences, DHQ Bhimber, and CMH Muzaffarabad.
- Gilgit-Baltistan has got 100 beds.
Reportedly, 439 out of 1,525 ventilators are occupied on Tuesday.