Hospitals in Karachi on Tuesday rejected a Sindh government request to allocate 20% of beds for coronavirus patients in a leading private health facility in a metropolitan city, a report published in News the word.
In a meeting with Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah, the Association of Private Hospitals and Clinics suggested that provincial authorities should order several fully public tertiary care hospitals as centers of isolation and care for these patients.
Citing the unavailability of authentic test kits to diagnose coronavirus, acute shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), inadequate number of ventilators and the absence of experimental drugs, members of the association and several other private medical institutions suggest that the provincial government should set up a critical care unit in its field isolation center is at the Karachi Expo Center, where they are ready to provide ventilators and doctors and paramedics to the health department.
The meeting was held to seek cooperation between private hospitals in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and to discuss how hospitals and health facilities can share the government’s burden in handling confirmed coronavirus cases.
The meeting was attended by Dr. Abdul Bari, CEO of Indus Hospital, Rehan Baloch, EOC Coordinator, Dr. Asim Hussain from Ziauddin Hospital, Dr. Syed Junaid Shah from A.O. Clinic, Dr. Saadia Virk from the Southern City Hospital, Dr. Umer Jang from NMC, Dr. Bilal Faiz, CEO Creek General Hospital, Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah, Essa Lab’s Laboratory, Dr. Tahir Yousuf from the Tahir Medical Center, Manhaj Qudwai, CEO of the Nursing Commission Health, Jawad Amin Khan, SHCC commissioner, Dr. Ali Imam from Imam’s Clinic, Ali Farhan from Darul Sehat, Dr. Salman Fareedi from LNH, Zerkais Ankleseria from Ankle Saria Hospital, Brig Dr. Waqar from Memon Medical Institute, Dr. Mazhar Nizam from Patel Rumah Sick, Commodore Kamran Khan, AKU, Dr. Sadiq Ansari and others.
Officials who attended the meeting told The News that despite the government’s offer that it would bear the burden of coronavirus patients, who would be referred to private hospitals for treatment, private hospital owners refused to allocate 20 percent of the bed (10 percent for isolation and 10 percent for care), and presents “a number of reasons”, including the unavailability of test equipment and PPE.
The owner recommended that the government order several public hospitals with hundreds of beds for patients and equip them with machinery and human resources.
When CM Murad pointed out that several private hospitals, including the Karachi Indus Hospital, and Aga Khan University Hospital worked with the government, the association members argued that these health facilities cooperated with the government “because of the large sums of money and grants provided for them. “.
Government officials who attended the meeting claimed that private hospitals were not ready to reserve their beds and resources for corona virus patients, because this would not only endanger the lives of their staff but would also ward off their normal patients. They even submitted several other suggestions to the government.
Some private hospital owners claim that they have lost millions of rupees in income since the coronavirus outbreak, because patients have not visited health facilities, while OPD has been closed. They are afraid that if they start treating and treating coronavirus patients, other patients will not visit health facilities and this will create another serious health crisis in the country.
During the meeting, it emerged that the federal government had promised to provide two hundred thousand test kits to the Sindh government, but in the end, only 18,000 were given to the government and when these were given to laboratories, they refused them by declaring them “kit below standards “, and demanded that the provincial government purchase good quality testing kits from the world’s leading companies.
The Sindh Health Commission, in a letter to a private hospital, has requested to comply with the health department’s instructions and also submitted a daily report of COVID-19 patients to the health department and the commission.
“The Sindh Health Commission letter is an attempt to put pressure on private hospitals. “We have told the chief minister that the private health sector shares 70 percent of the health burden and it is not wise to eliminate patients other than those infected with the corona virus or endanger their lives,” the chief executive of a leading private hospital told The News after the meeting.
‘Tighten the lock’
During the meeting, the owner and chief executive officer of a private hospital, however, urged chief minister Syed Murad Ali Shah to extend the lockdown after April 14 and applied it in the form of letters and enthusiasm, worried that the spread of viral diseases could not be controlled.
According to the official leaflet from CM House, the chief minister told the meeting participants that he wanted their support, cooperation and guidance to fight the corona virus. “This is why I disturb you here,” he said.
All doctors praised the efforts and swift actions of the chief minister and said that if he did not take action on time the situation would not be controlled. The owner urged the chief minister not to lighten the locking after April 14. If the lockdown is pulled or loosened, the virus will spread like wildfire in the forest, they said and added: “Most of the city residents are slum dwellers – they live in small houses with large families, traveling by bus in a crowd. “
The association added that if such density was permitted, people would be infected on buses and on the streets and would bring the virus back to their homes and infect family members and their areas.
The chief minister said that he would consult with his cabinet and other stakeholders on this issue.
All CEOs and private hospital owners assured the chief minister that they would provide him with equipment, labor, technical and expert support whenever the provincial government needed it.
The chief minister formed a committee led by Minister of Health Dr. Azra Pechuho with Dr. Asim Hussain, Dr. Sadia and others as members to draw up plans, and requirements and arrangements to deal with the situation.