Coronavirus cases in Karachi: Private hospitals are worried they will be flooded
KARACHI: Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah invited the city’s private hospitals on Tuesday (today) to discuss the provincial government’s proposal to allocate at least 10 percent of each hospital’s capacity after the coronavirus crisis.
Reacting to the Sindh government proposal, many hospitals in Karachi ranging from small to medium and large are worried they will soon be inundated with coronavirus cases, putting the installed capacity of their hospitals and doctors and paramedics under heavy pressure. They cite the example of the top tertiary care hospital in the city which had to stop taking the Covid-19 case, after several doctors and paramedics were infected with a deadly disease and the laboratory was running out of capacity to carry out a growing number of tests. . They are now trying to move the Covid and ICU wards in one of their branches in the FB Area.
A senior doctor who manages a private hospital said most private hospitals did not have a special four-level capacity to manage 19 cases.
To isolate coronavirus victims from aggressive infections, hospitals need a special screening area to scan patients who separate coronavirus victims from other patients. From the screening area, they must be diverted to two types of isolation centers, one dedicated to managing positive cases of Covid-19 and the other for the suspected. They also need separate ICU rooms with varying capacities to manage critical corona virus cases because normal ICUs for other critical cases cannot share space for fear of making them critically ill.
In line with this point of view, another doctor said there was a small hospital with only one elevator and there was a Covid-19 case that would infect the entire hospital. He said while we wanted to fully help the government and society but nothing was possible without realizing that we had limited capacity. “The pandemic will soon flood the smallest capacity we have.”
He said it was also important that the government provide testing kits, their important components such as reagents and smears and PPE for doctors and paramedics or they could fall ill because they were reported almost every day, bringing the whole hospital down. This will ruin the whole scheme of things even if they go on strike demanding protective equipment.
Other doctors raised the ICU issue separately for confirmed coronavirus cases. He said critical cases needed a ventilator machine and if someone needed it for three weeks, financial costs would be high.
The government must also consider this aspect and must provide financial support to maintain hundreds of expected ventilator operations. He said it would be a better idea to direct all cases of ICU coronavirus to the Expo Center where large ICUs could be raised to avoid pressure on hospitals.
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