The worsening Covid situation in Islamabad

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Islamabad is among the cities where positive cases of covid 19 are increasing with every passing day. On the other hand, public hospitals in the city are almost saturated. Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences is treating patients in its full capacity and now as per the current scenario patients have to wait in order to get a bed. It is also pertinent to mention that PIMS gets emergency patients from across the country but now has started referring emergency patients out due to lack of beds. Likewise, Polyclinic, which is one of the biggest public sector hospitals of the capital, has not a single ventilator available. The management of polyclinic hospital is of the view that it cannot increase the capacity for Covid-19 patients as around 7,000 patients already visit different departments of the hospital daily. Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) is of the opinion that the ministry is carefully monitoring the situation and will arrange more beds and ventilators as per requirement. Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan has a total population of 2.3 million. Going into covid 19 prevalence in the vicinity, we get to know that first Covid-19 lab case was confirmed on Feb 26, 2last year and until now over 57,000 positive cases have been detected and the numbers are increasing unfortunately. The covid situation in Rawalpindi is also alarming. The only way out is social distancing and wearing mask with less movement. Another alarming aspect of this situation is the surge of covid cases in children.  PIMS Joint Executive Director Dr Minhajus Siraj revealed that there were 200 oxygenated beds allocated for Covid-19 patients out of which 185 were in the main hospital and 15 in the Children Hospital. The adherence of SOP’s in the capital and other cities is compulsory and strict actions should be taken for implementation. Being responsible citizens we all should religiously follow the SOP’s for less damage altogether.

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