The problem is very close to Pakistan’s major hospitals as they are nearing completion due to growing cases of Covid-19. Pakistan pulls under the third wave of coronavirus. The country has reported 144 deaths from coronavirus, bringing the total number of deaths to 16,842 on Friday. To date, 784,108 cases have been reported in Pakistan.
The situation in Islamabad appears to be in jeopardy as the largest medical center here, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), is battling low oxygen levels amid a strong wave of Covid-19 patients, reports Geo.
According to the latest data from the National Command and Operation Center on its official website, 5,870 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in Pakistan, reports Geo News.
At least 53,818 coronavirus tests were performed nationwide in the last 24 hours, of which 5,870 came back infected.
A critical situation was reported in PIMS on April 18, when respirators installed for coronavirus patients began sounding alarms.
Ventilator alarms start when the oxygen pressure given to the patient drops below the required level. On that day, it dropped from 100% to 70%.
The incident caused panic at the center as five patients were using respirators at the time in the intensive care unit coronavirus. At that time, 147 patients were living in 183 beds assigned to Covid-19 patients at the hospital. Thirty different patients were in the emergency room at the hospital.
The situation was critical as most of the affected patients relied on ‘high oxygen flow’ for survival – a medical condition in which they needed more oxygen compared to normal patients as they had difficulty breathing.
When contacted, PIMS Executive Director Dr. Minhaj-us-Siraj told Geo News that the drop in oxygen levels was largely due to the huge increase in the number of coronavirus patients in the hospital and the need to continue providing them with oxygen.
PIMS officials explained that the health facility tank is actually full of oxygen. The real issue is maintaining oxygen pressure as the hospital’s oxygen supply system is overused due to the number of undiagnosed patients who need oxygen to support their health.
Among the hospitals facing the capital, Federal Government and Social Security hospitals do not have proper plans for access to high-quality oxygen beds, according to the Department of Health.
No respirator is available for Covid-19 patients at these facilities.
Recently, Pakistan’s Minister of Planning, Development, and Special Efforts Asad Umar expressed concern as the country’s Oxygen supply capacity is under pressure and hospitals are overcrowded.
Covid cases worldwide exceed 750,000 per day and more than 13,000 deaths. We see some of the worst numbers since covid started. Our neighbor is facing serious problems … The need for greater security measures than ever before, “said Pakistan’s Minister of Planning, Development and Special Initiative Asad Umar.
“The filling of the hospital continues to grow. The number of critical care patients is now over 4500, 30 percent higher than in June last year. The supply of oxygen in the country is now under pressure. Compliance with Sop’s rules remains low. , “he added.