Coronavirus: Sindh govt to establish isolation centres at existing healthcare facilities

Karachi: Sindh government has approved the procurement of new medical supplies in a bid to establish isolation centres in hospitals across the province.

Chairing a meeting of the Sindh health department’s quarantine and isolation accommodation committee, on Monday, CM Sindh Murad Ali Shah directed the concerned authorities that the isolation centres in every district headquarters must have all required facilities, including water, drainage systems, electricity, solid waste disposal, and washrooms.

Syed Salman Shah, the director-general of Sindh’s Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), has been directed to ensure the availability of large halls in order to set up isolation centres in every district headquarters.

Isolation facilities have been directed to be established at Dr Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC), and Lyari General Hospital with a capacity of 59, 65, and 69 beds, respectively.

In addition to it, a 12-bed ICU facility will be set up at Dr Ruth K. M. Pfau Civil Hospital, Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) – 15, Lyari General Hospital – 18, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto (SMBB) Accident Emergency & Trauma Centre – 26, Dow University of Health Sciences’ (DUHS) Ojha campus – 8 and a 25 bed ICU facility at Sindh Services Hospital respectively.

It is pertinent to know that, procurement committee has already approved the procurement of 200 thermal guns, 50 vital signs monitors, 10,000 sanitisers of 1000 ml each, 200 syringe pump, 17 BIPAP systems, 300 packets of Resochin (tablets), oxygen cylinders, regulators, Tyvek suit, pumps for sanitisers, biohazard bags, PCR kits with diagnostic system, extraction kits, VTM, CR Systems, and suction machines.