Islamabad - The government yesterday announced emergency in the hospitals of the city and established a special control room in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS).

Ministry of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) giving the directions of setting an emergency counter nominated Dr Altaf Hussain as focal person of the hospital.

Talking to The Nation, Dr Altaf Hussain said that the leaves of entire staff are cancelled and doctors and paramedic are on call now. “Initially we have arranged 100 beds for emergency but we can extend the capacity up to 500 beds,” he said. He also said blood and medicine stock has been doubled.

Meanwhile, a mini-hospital with collaboration of PIMS has been also established in Police Lines, police sources said. Dr Altaf Hussain confirmed the development in conversation with The Nation, He said, “Mini hospital in Police Lines has been set up with the help of PIMS”.

He also stated that PIMS administration has also given two of its staff members to Police Lines mini hospital.

The PIMS would remain high alert to ensure provision of routine medical Services to incoming patients and managing any untoward situation. According to hospital sources, sufficient number of medical and paramedical staff would remain on duties in emergency, operation theatres and other units of the hospital.

They said that senior doctors and other supporting staff would remain on call while hospitals’ ambulances would be ready to provide any assistance to citizens.

They said an adequate quantity of medicines is available in the hospital while other medical equipment is also present to manage any situation.

Sources said that the hospital has assigned all responsibilities to medical and para medical staff while implementation plan has been prepared to ensure provision of medical care to routine patients.

Meanwhile, other hospitals of the federal capital including Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) hospital has also made arrangements to provide best medical services.

An official of FGPC said that all relevant medical and paramedical staff would remain on duties while senior doctors and other supporting staff would remain on call.