Hospitals full to its capacity as third wave grips the Federal Capital


Hospitals full to its capacity as third wave grips the Federal Capital  

Islamabad: Hospitals in Islamabad, the capital, are on a brink of saturation as the Covid-19 situation is worsening with each day.

As per media reports, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has reached the limit of its capacity and its staff is now forcing the patients to wait at the emergency centre to grasp a bed.

Pakistan reported, in the last 24 hours, 4,974 coronavirus cases and 98 deaths. This is the highest number since June 20, 2020, a day when 5,948 cases were reported.

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PIMS is a tertiary care hospital that gets emergency patients from all over the country. In the last 24 hours, it has initiated referring emergency patients out citing lack of beds.

Similarly, as per media reports, another major hospital of the capital named Polyclinic does not have a single vacant ventilator. Its management feels that the capacity for Covid-19 patients is around 7,000 patients and cannot be enhanced. 

However, the Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) claimed that it is monitoring the situation closely and will soon arrange more beds and ventilators when required.

Islamabad, with a total population of 2.3 million, till date has over 57,000 positive cases.

Meanwhile as per the latest data coming in from the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC), the ongoing positivity ratio is 9.9 per cent while the number of active cases are 53,127.

Talking about the region-wise breakdown of new cases and total deaths reported on March 31; Punjab saw 2,789 new cases and reported 62 deaths. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa saw 1,044 cases, and 21 deaths in the last day. There were 724 new cases in the Federal Capital and 4 deaths were recorded. Sindh reported 247 new cases and 5 deaths whereas Balochistan reported 19 cases and 1 death. 

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