Islamabad hospitals on high alert as COVID-19 cases surge
By Tanveer Abbas
Islamabad (TP) March 29, 2021: The capital administration has put public sector hospitals on high alert as COVID-19 positivity cases surged to almost 16 per cent on Monday.
The highest number of Covid-19 cases since the beginning of the pandemic was reported in the capital on Monday, as 856 people tested positive for the novel disease.
The positivity rate climbed to 15.97 per cent whereas during the last 24 hours, 5,359 tests were conducted, of which 856 were declared positive. Moreover, two patients lost their lives to the coronavirus in the capital.
“We may see a rise of hospitalizations in coming days,” District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia said in a tweet.
The DHO — while urging the public to follow standard operating procedure (SOPs) — said that “everything doesn’t have to be imposed, do that as civic responsibility too.”
“It is intimated that the District Health Office Islamabad is observing a swift rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. The number of symptomatic patients is increasing rapidly. Active cases have already reached 7900 plus,” reads an advisory for the hospitals issued by the District Health Officer (DHO) Dr Zaeem Zia.
“It is expected that within a few days there is going to be a heavy burden of COVID-19 positive cases in the hospitals,” it added. Therefore, it said, it is requested earnestly that emergency measures be adopted to control the progression of COVID-19 cases. “The hospital capacity needs to be enhanced in public and private sector hospitals of Islamabad to provide for the incoming flow of increasing symptomatic cases. In order to control the imminent threat of health system overflow due to Covid-19 cases in Islamabad it is of utmost importance to address the above-mentioned requirements,” reads the advisory.
It asked the hospitals need to increase the bed capacity in COVID-19 wards and availability of high flow oxygen for the upcoming patient load. “Follow Infection prevention and control guidelines along with disinfection of hospitals periodicity. Display information, education and communication (IEC) material in hospital premises,” it said.
The DHO said that all healthcare staff should wear personal protective equipment, ensure the physical distance among patients to be more than 1 meter in the waiting areas. “Hand sanitizers must be installed for the staff and patients,” the DHO advised the hospitals.
In a separate advisory for public, the DHO has urged to follow SOPs. “It is advised to stay safe by taking some simple precautions, such as physical distancing, wearing a face mask, keeping rooms well ventilated, avoiding crowds, cleaning your hands, and coughing Into a bent elbow or tissue,” it reads.
“Stay aware of the latest COVID-19 information by regularly checking updates from DHO Islamabad, NCOC and Ministry of National Health. Get your elders vaccinated, make sure they wear gloves and mask when they go to the vaccination centre,” it added.