Coronavirus: Army’s medical corps to establish a field hospital at Karachi expo center

Karachi: Pakistan Army has announced that it will establish a field hospital at Karachi expo center amid coronavirus outbreak in the country.

A 10,000 bed field hospital will be established at Karachi expo center by a battalion of medical corps comprising of doctors, paramedics, nurses, pathologists and technicians.

According to the statement issued by CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah, the Medical Corps battalion will establish a 500-bed isolation and treatment facility in one of the halls of the Expo Centre, and if need arose, more halls would be utilized to add more facilities and The Sindh government will bear all expenses for the establishment of the facility.

The establishment of this medical facility is a continuation of civil-military cooperation to tackle COVID-19 pandemic.

Initially, one hall of the Expo Centre would be converted into an isolatio center. In the first hall, beds, medicines and necessary equipment would be made available, as the Medical Corps, civil doctors, and paramedical staff are deployed at the field hospital.

Sindh has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in the country with a tally of 238. Sindh government has made over 16,000 swabs/VTMs and 13,000 testing kits have been made available for health workers.

Sindh government also plans to distribute ration bags among the poor segments of the society as the city faces a partial lockdown. Welfare organizations such as NGOs like Edhi Foundation and Saylani have been asked to assist and contribute for the preparation of ration bags and the development of mechanism to provide ration bags to needy and deserving people.