LAHORE                 -            Government of Punjab on Sunday started construction work of 1,000-bed field Hospital in Lahore for coronavirus patients.

The hospitals with proper air conditioning and ventilation will complete within the next 2 weeks said the government of Punjab in an official statement on the matter.

Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar is to visit the site today.

Chief Minister Usman Buzdar on March 20 approved to establish the 1000-bed special field hospital at Lahore’s Expo Center in the fight against novel coronavirus.

The decision was taken in cabinet committee meeting chaired by CM Punjab Usman Buzdar in Lahore.

The chief minister directed authorities to start purchasing beds and other medical equipment needed to establish a field hospital at the expo centre. On the occasion, Punjab chief minister said the government has launched telemedicine program in medical colleges. He also announced to form chief minister emergency fund.

Minister appeals to people to observe social distancing

Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid has said that social distancing is the key to prevention, and ordered the authorities concerned to increase the number of Telemedicine Facilities at hospitals and lessen the rush of people in waiting areas.

She chaired a review meeting of key officials of the Specialized Healthcare and Medical Education Department. The meeting was attended by Secretary SH&ME and Provincial Focal Person for Corona Control Barrister Nabeel Awan, Special Secretary Silwat Saeed, Special Secretary Nadir Chatha, Additional Secretary Dr Asif Tufail, Additional Secretary Salman Shahid, Mayo Hospital Chief Executive Officer Professor Asad Aslam Khan, Chairman Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI) Board of Governors (BoG) Dr Javed Gardezi and other officials.

Provincial Focal Person for Corona Nabeel Awan gave a complete update on the COVID-19 cases including the measures being taken to combat the spread of the virus.

Dr Yasmin said that adequate number of test kits were available and another supply of kits would be reaching in Punjab shortly.

She said: “The private hospitals have been directed to end rush of people in waiting areas. All public gatherings are being stopped. We are starting ‘Telemedicine Facility’ at teaching hospitals for all kinds of medical advice on Corona. I appeal to the people to stay at home and stop the spread of Corona virus. We are doing all in the realm of possibility to combat the threat. The healthcare staff is working round the clock to provide services to the people and the figures of suspected and confirmed patients are being shared on regular basis.”

Dr Yasmin Rashid said that the department was working in close collaboration with other departments to ensure best possible response to the coronavirus.