LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid chaired a high level meeting on Monday to review the facilities in the outdoor of hospitals, status of Covid-19 patients and facilities on Monday at the Committee Room of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department.
The meeting was attended by Secretary Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department Barrister Nabeel Awan, Additional Secretary SHME Amir Ghazi, Vice Chancellor King Edward Medical University Professor Khalid Masood Gondal. Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan, CEO Mayo Hospital Professor Asad Aslam Khan, Principal Allama Iqbal Medical College Professor Arif Tajammaul, Principal Services Institute of Medical Sciences Professor Mehmud Ayaz, MS General Hospital Dr. Mehmud Salahuddin, MS Services Hospital Dr. Iftikhar, MS Ganga Ram Dr. Ehtesham, MS Jinnah Hospital Dr. Yahya Sultan, MS Mayo Hospital Dr. Tahir Khalil.
The Minister took an update on the facilities in outdoors of government hospitals, preparations and measures for the COVID-19 patients and strategy for future. The Vice Chancellors and the MS shared the details of their respective institutions, data of patients and treatment and suggestions for further improvements. The Minister said that the outdoor facility at Expo Center is available 24 hours.
The Minister said, “We have set up separate outdoor facilities for Corona patients at the government hospitals. People can visit these outdoors freely and easily. At the Mayo Hospital Lahore, Corona outdoor has been set up at the Hepatitis Clinic.
Routine services like ENT, Eye, Dermatology and Dentistry will continue to function as normal. The routine outdoors have been kept separate from Corona Outdoor. People must not hesitate to visit the government hospitals. All the MS’ must ensure proper disinfection of the outdoor facilities.”
Status of facilities available for COVID-19 patients
Punjab has released the data and statistics of facilities including treatment, HDUs, Isolation Wards and Ventilators available in all Hospitals on directives from the Health Minister Punjab Dr. Yasmin Rashid here on Monday.
As per the latest data released by the Primary and Secondary Healthcare Department and the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department from the Govt Hospitals of Punjab, 7627 beds are unoccupied out of 8958 reserved for COVID-19 patients. In Lahore’s Govt Hospitals, 1945 beds are unoccupied out of 2347 reserved.
Secretary SHME Barrister Nabeel Awan said that in Punjab Isolation Wards, 5237 beds are available out of 5882 reserved for Corona patients. In Isolation Wards of Hospitals in Lahore, 1515 beds are unoccupied out of 1633 reserved for COVID-19 patients.
In the High Dependency Units in entire Punjab, 1997 beds are unoccupied out of 2573 reserved for Corona patients whereas in HDUs of Lahore’s Hospitals, 324 beds are unoccupied out of 508.
Similarly, in entire Punjab 389 ventilators are available out of 574 reserved whereas in Lahore, 110 ventilators are unoccupied out of 210 reserved for Corona patients, the Secretary SHME added.
On directions from the Health Minister the facilities are being scaled up for COVID-19 patients across the province.— PRESS RELEASE