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75 percent beds in hospitals are unoccupied, available for COVID-19 patients: Zafar
June 06, 2020

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services, Dr Zafar Mirza says 75 percent beds at intensive care units at hospitals are unoccupied and available for COVID-19 patients.

In a media briefing in Islamabad, Zafar Mirza said that only 25 percent beds with ventilators are being used at hospitals to support corona patients.  He said there is no any shortage of bed, ventilator or any other facility for Covid-19 patients.

The Special Assistant said that lockdown policy is being implemented in 700 areas of the country to avoid spread of the disease while only such places are sealed where there are threats of massive local transmission.  

Zafar Mirza said that the there is no shortage of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) kits for frontline health workers and doctors as the government was regularly providing PPE kits to 450 hospitals across the country.

He said that the government is committed to ensure availability of medical services for corona patients at hospitals to provide best possible medical treatment.

He said a Resource Management System (RMS) has been developed to collect and provide real-time information about Corona patients throughout the country.

He said with this system the government will be able to know the beds and ventilators’ occupancy and availability at ICU and allocated wards of hospitals.

He said that all the hospitals across the country have been linked with this system.

Dr Zafar Mirza appealed people to follow all standard operating procedures and avoiding hand shaking and leaving home without any reason.