Chief Minister Sindh Murad Ali Shah on Sunday inaugurated the 140-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) at the Expo Center in Karachi.
This initiative, carried out in collaboration with the Pakistani Army, aims to strengthen provincial health services and to ensure timely care for coronavirus patients in Sindh.
The inauguration ceremony was attended by information minister Syed Nasir Hussain Shah and senior military and civil officials.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief minister said that HDU had been placed in four rooms with a capacity of 140 oxygen beds.
“I really appreciate [Pakistan] Army to establish this HDU in 10 days. That [will] proven [the] the best facilities located in the heart of the city. “
Shah went on to add that the army did its best to support the Sindh government in tackling the virus throughout the province. “The formation of a new HDU at the Expo Center will help reduce the burden on other hospitals in the city,” he said.
The chief minister noted that the army had placed highly trained health service staff in HDU and the Indus Hospital would also provide support services in operating the unit.
He said that currently, the Sindh government has established a number of health facilities for COVID-19 patients with 453 beds available in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 1,553 beds available at HDU throughout the province.
In addition, 140 HDU beds and 1,200 hospital beds at the Expo Center have been “added to the system”.
Later that day, the provincial minister also visited the Service Hospital where construction of a separate unit for COVID-19 patients was underway. He directed the engineer who was concerned to speed up the work so that he could begin operations as soon as possible.
2,275 new cases, 41 deaths reported
Meanwhile, a statement issued by the Chief Minister said that the province had conducted 13,890 tests in the last 24 hours, of which 2,275 (17%) were diagnosed positively.
In the past day, 41 more patients died from the virus, with the number of deaths being 1,089 in all provinces, which made up 1.5% of all cases.
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“Our testing capacity is the highest in Pakistan and we are still working hard to further increase capacity,” the chief minister said.
The Minister said that so far 378,849 samples had been tested against 69,628 cases that had appeared in Sindh, accounting for 18.4% of the total tests conducted.
Speaking of recovery, he said that 2,166 more patients had recovered and returned to normal life, bringing the total to 36,278, which was a 52.2% recovery rate.
“Still, we must increase our recovery rate and reduce mortality by strengthening our health services and convincing people to follow the preventive measures issued,” Shah said.
Touching on patients treated in various hospitals throughout the province, the minister said that around 32,261 patients were under treatment, of which, 30,705 were isolated at home, 48 were in isolation centers, and 1,508 were treated in different hospitals.
“I’m sorry to let you know that 718 patients are in critical condition, of whom 117 have been transferred using a ventilator,” Shah complained.
Details of provincial cases
Presenting thoughtful details of 1,280 cases reported from Karachi, the minister said that 395 were reported from the East, 363 from the South, 172 from the Middle, 140 from Korangi, 111 from the West and 99 were reported from the Malir district.
From cases reported in other cities in the province, Shah said that in the past 24 hours, Ghotki reported 74 cases, whereas, Sukkur reported 72, Khairpur 64, Hyderabad 63, Mirpurkhas 38, Shikarpur 38, Shaheed Benazirabad 36, Kashmore 33, Thatta 28, Larkana 24, Jamshoro 13, Nasushehroferoze 12, Umerkot 11, Tando Allahyar 10, Kambar three, Sujawal two, Tundo Muhammad Khan two, and Matiari and Dadu each reported six cases.
While reiterating the need for people to support selective locking, the minister also urged them to avoid unnecessarily leaving their homes.