KARACHI (Staff Reporter): Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah inaugurating newly established High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Expo Field Hospital said that it was the manifestation of his commitment to further enhance and strengthen provincial health services so that no COVID-19 patient remained unattended.
The HDU, Field hospital, Expo Karachi has been established in collaboration with Pakistan Army. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Minister Information Syed Nasir Shah, , senior Pak army and Civilian officers, Dr Bari and others.
Mr Shah said that the newly HDU has been housed in four rooms with a capacity of 140-oxygenbed. “I really appreciate Pak Army for establishing this HDU within 10 days,” he said and added it would prove to be best facility located in the heart of the city.
He said that Pak Army was supporting Sindh government in containing the virus. “The establishment of new HDU at Expo would help to reduce pressure on other hospital of the city,” he said. He added that the Pak army has posted highly trained health care staff at the HDU and Indus Hospital would also support to operate the unit.
Mr Shah said that at present, the Sindh government has already established health facilities for COVID-19 patients with 453-beded ICU and 1553-beded HDU all over Sindh and Another 140-beded HDU of Expo Center has been added in the System.
Earlier, the chief minister inaugurated the 140-beded HDU by cutting the ribbon and visited all the four rooms.
It may be noted the Field Hospital, Expo has 1200-bed Isolation facility.
CM Visits Service hospital: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah just after Expo Center went to Services Hospital where a separate unit for COVID-19 patients was being constructed. He directed concerned engineer to expedite the work so that it could be started.
41 more patients died: Murad Shah
KARACHI: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that overnight 13890 samples were tested which diagnosed 2275 cases constituting 17 percent result while 41 more patient succumbed to the virus lifting the death toll to 1089.
“Our testing capacity is the highest n Pakistan and we are still working hard to further enhance the capacity.”
This he said in a statement issued here from the CM House on Sunday.
According to the CM, 13890 tests were conducted overnight which detected 2275 new cases. “The figure shows 17 percent result which is lower during the last one week that have been constituting 21 to 24 percent result,” he said and added this might be the result of selective lockdown.
Mr Shah said that so far 378849 samples have been tested against which 69628 cases have been detected all over Sindh that came to 18.4 percent result.
The CM said that 41 more patients died overnight and the number of deaths stemming from COVID-19 has reached to 1089 constituting 1.5 percent death rate. He added that 2166 more patients recovered and returned to normal life and the number of patients recovered so far has reached to 36278 that came to 52.2 percent recovery rate.
Mr Shah said, “Alhamdulliah, our recovery rate has been recorded at 52.2 percent and death rate at 1.5 percent but still we have to improve our recovery rate and reduce death rate by strengthening our health services and convincing people to follow the precautionary measures.
As per statement, at present 32261 patients were under treatment, of them 30705 in home isolation, 48 at Isolation Centers and 1508 at different hospitals. “I am sorry to say that our 718 patients are in critical condition, of them 117 have been shifted on ventilators,” the CM said.
Murad Ali Shah giving district-wise break up of the cases said that out of 2275 new cases 1280 belonged to Karachi, 395 to East, 363 South, 172 Central, 140 Korangi, 111 West and 99 Malir.He added that Ghotki has 74, Sukkur 72, Khairpur 64, Hyderabad 63, Mirpurkhas 38, Shikarpur 38, Shaheed Benazirabad 36, Kashmore 33, Thatta 28, Larkana 24, Jamshoro 13, Nasushehroferoze 12, Umerkot 11, Tando Allahyar 10, Matiari and Dadu six each, Kambar three, Sujawal two and Tando Mphammad Khan two. Sindh Chief Minister urged people of Sindh to support selective lockdown and avoid going out of their home unnecessarily.