KARACHI – As many as 12 more coronavirus patients died overnight bringing the death toll to 4,288 and 404 new cases emerged when 11,399 tests were carried out.
This was disclosed by Chief Minister (CM) Sindh Syed Murad Ali Shah in a statement issued on Saturday. He added that 12 more COVID-19 patients lost their lives, raising the death toll to 4,288 which is a 1.6 percent death rate. Mr Shah said that 11,399 samples were tested which detected 404 cases which is the current detection rate of 3.5 percent. He added that so far 2,937,931 examinations had been carried out on 255,833 diagnosed cases, 93 percent or 238,792 patients had recovered, including 294 overnight.
CM said that currently 12,753 patients are under treatment, 12,309 of whom are in home isolation, 8 in isolation centers and 436 in different hospitals. He added that the condition of 397 patients was declared critical, of whom 58 were switched to ventilators.
According to the statement, of the 404 new cases, 232 have been detected from Karachi, including 120 from the East, 47 from the Central, 37 from the South, 16 from Malir, Korangi 7 and West 5. Hyderabad has 61, Badin 28, Shaheed Benazirabad 13, Jacobabad 12, Mirpurkhas seven, Umerkot six, Larkana, Matiari five each, Ghotki, Nausheroferoze, Sujawal and Tando Allahyar four each, Qamber and Khairpur three each, Sukkur two, Thatta and Kashmore one each. CM urged the provincial community to follow the SOP.
Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation informed
The Sindh Health Department has declared or notified the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, as Karachi’s “Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SIPMR)” immediately, until further orders.
As per notification, in accordance with part-3 of “The Sindh Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Act-2019” and with the approval of the competent authority namely the Chief Minister (CM) Sindh, the department of health is pleased to announce / notify the Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation , Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, as Karachi’s “Institute of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (SIPMR)” immediately, until further orders.
Sindh recorded 114,225 malaria cases
Vector Borne Diseases Department of the Directorate General of Health Services, Sindh has registered 114,225 cases across Sindh province in 2020 while no malaria-related deaths have been reported in the province.
According to statistics shared by the Sindh Health Ministry, a total of 114,225 malaria cases were recorded across the province in the last year. Most cases were reported in Umerkot (14,580), Thatta (13,284), Badin (12,620), Tharparkar (11,308), Larkana (10,902), Tando Muhammad Khan (9,814), and Mirpurkhas (7,116).
Likewise, more than 1,032 cases of malaria were reported in Karachi in 2020 at microscopic centers working in the city for the treatment of malaria patients. The number of malaria cases is low in Karachi, Hyderabad and other urban cities compared to rural areas in the province. Malaria is a disease transmitted by mosquitoes and outbreaks occurred after the monsoon rains caused thousands of people to fall ill across Sindh. More malaria cases are found in rural areas of Sindh Province than in urban areas. DHF cases are generally reported from urban areas.
In Sindh, more than 1,200 malaria diagnostic and treatment centers operate across the province.
In 2019, the Malaria Control Program Sindh recorded 146,470 positive cases of malaria in the province.