KARACHI-Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Wednesday directed health department to make at least 500 monitors and 200 ventilators availability in Sindh apart from completing 50-beded hospital in Gulistan-i-Jauhar and 200-bedded Infection Disease Control hospital, NIPA latest by June 2020.

“We have arranged Rs 2.7 billion to upgrade the existing facilities and operationalize two new hospitals in the city and hopefully with its start the government would be able to accommodate a large number of patients, in case of further spread of pandemic.” He made these remarks while presiding over a COVID-19 response meeting here on Wednesday at CM House.

The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr Azra Pechuho, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, Prof. Dr Bari, and other concerned officers of the health department.

Syed Murad Ali Shah was informed that in 10 different hospitals of the city 131-bed ICUs and 174-bed HDUs have been established. At present 61 ICU beds and nine HDUs beds were vacant.

It was also decided to expand the capacity of ICUs, HDUs and isolation beds facilities existing in 21 hospitals located in different hospitals of the province, he said. They included Karachi Civil, Trauma Center, Ojha, JPMC, Lyari, Services hospital, Indus, NICH, SIUT, AKU, Ziauddin, LUH Hyderabad, PMC Shaheed Benazirabad, Civil hospital Khairpur, GIMS Gambat, GMMMC Sukkur, CMC Larkana, SASIM Sehwan, DHQ Kotri, Indus hospital Badin and JIMS Jacobabad.

At present all these hospitals have 224 ICU beds where 186 additional beds would be added. These hospitals have 268-beded HDU facilities and they will be given additional 268 beds. Similarly, these hospitals have 392 and they have 1143-beded Isolation facilities in which additional 898 beds to be added.

To a question, the Chief Minister was told that 30 monitors, six new ventilators have been provided to Civil hospital Karachi. Work on piped oxygen in medical 1 and 2, wards and Surgical 1 and 2 wards have been completed while negative pressure piping of surgical ICU which would have the capacity of 27-beds has also been completed.

85-beded medical wards 1 and 2 would be made function by providing them 60 more monitors. Similarly, Surgical 1, 2 and 27 ICU and 53-beded HDU would be made function by providing them 23 vents and 53 monitors.

The Chief Minister was told that the structure of 50-bedded hospital Gulistan-i-Jauhar located opposite Karachi University was ready to use. Presently, oxygen pipeline was being laid and work would be completed by the end this week, he added.

On the recommendation of health department, the Chief Minister approved Rs 95.7 million for purchase of equipment such as ABG machine, BIPAP machines, four ventilators, 40 monitors, two portable suction machines, one portable x-ray machine, two ECG machines, 30 syringe PUMP, 30 Infusion PUMP, three crash trollies, two defibrillators, two portable monitors, 35 beds, four IC and a 500 KVA generator.

Syed Murad Ali Shah gave four to six weeks to the health department to make the hospital functional and report him. The Chief Minister was informed that 200-beded Infection Disease Control Hospital NIPA was being developed with high flow oxygen and intensive care unit.

It was a three-story building. The structure of the hospital was ready to shift but necessary installation and fixing of hospital equipment had been started, he added.

Syed Murad Ali Shah directed health department to make 54-beded ground and first floor functional within next five weeks. The private hospitals had been directed to expand their ICUs and HDUs as per government request. Sindh Chief Minister said that over Rs 2.7 billion had been released to purchase equipment to upgrade the existing facilities.