Lahore: a warning against a potential second wave Covid-19, if people refused precautions for Eidul Azha and Muharram, Secretary to primary and secondary health Muhammad Usman Tuesday urged people to “be very, very careful, otherwise things can quickly spiral out of control.”
Speaking at a press conference the day after the national command Centre’s work set the pattern for animals in the markets and the sale/purchase of animals during a pandemic, the Secretary expanded on details about Punjab: “at present the situation is relatively under control, but any mistake can change it quickly as after Eidul Fitr.”
Surrounded by Dr Mahmood Shaukat, Chairman of the Corona Advisory group, which later took on a press-conferences as the Secretary left, and members of the Technical working group, Mr. Usman said, “Covid positivity was reduced to six per cent against 31pc in June. The number of patients in critical condition had decreased and the recovery rate has improved 60pc. The number of tests not because of performance issues, but with fewer requirements. All these signs indicate that the situation is under control”.
Health secy says the positivity rate of the virus, but can get out of control
“However, fears are growing that these symptoms can denigrate, if the person to throw caution to the wind during Eidul Azha and Muharram, just as it did after Eidul Fitr, when numbers soared within a few days. In addition to these two religious events, in the outpatient Department of the hospital re-open, which can cause a surge of these objects. That is why the government is trying to impose an additional burden on the protocols of the syndrome, which essentially remain the same: masks, social distancing, frequent hand washing and avoiding trips”, – he told media.
About, apparently, reduces the number of tests, Dr. Shaukat said that this is because there is no need to use the entire capacity of 12000. “As the number of patients decreased, and therefore contact tracing and testing. In the beginning, we tested 10 positive contacts of each patient. Both figures went down. Second, the Protocol of discharge has changed; it used to be two consecutive negative tests, which fell to one. Asymptomatic patients can put an end to the isolation of 10 days and symptomatic of them in three days if the symptoms don’t get worse. Third, the anti-bodies test have grown dramatically, which gives the government a pretty good idea of the prevalence of the virus. Thus, instead of the more expensive PCR, that becomes even more expensive when taken in the context of his return (only 60pc), relying on anti-body increased, to obtain a complete picture of the disease. All of these factors reduced the requirements to the tests, not the government shirking its responsibilities, how it is distributed on several areas,” he explained.
However, he said so far neglected or at least noted, area: post-Covid-19 evaluation of patients. There were reports that mental stress increases the pressure on some patients. “They were kept in complete isolation for 10 days that took. This voltage is then compounded by the subsequent economic and financial pressure. Both of these situations cause neurological problems among patients. This is in addition to the heart, lungs and diabetes among the majority of patients”.
On the question of the evaluation of patients, administered injections of Actemra, the Secretary reported that of about 300 patients received injections in the private sector and about 260 in the public sector. These data are collected and is now under scrutiny. Ultimately, it will take another 10 days and share results with the people, he added.
Published in dawn, July 15, 2020,
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