NCOC to provide 250 more ventilators for hospitals as COVID-19 cases surge

As many as 250 more ventilators have been provided to hospitals across the country on Saturday to tackle rising COVID-19 cases.

“72 ventilators have been provided to hospitals in Faisalabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Lahore while 52 of them were given to health facilities in Peshawar and Abbottabad areas,” said the NCOC release.

According to details provided by the top body dealing with COVID-19 situation in the country, the ventilators were provided to the provinces to improve their capacity to deal with the virus patients.

It further said that life-support system was also provided to health facilities in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Gilgit Baltistan and federal capital Islamabad.

“20 ventilators have also been provided to hospitals in Quetta,” it said.

The NCOC shared that 22,589 beds have been allocated for coronavirus patients across the country as currently 5,060 patients are being treated at the hospitals.

“All patients being treated at the hospitals are provided with the oxygen facility to improve their respiratory condition,” the top body said.

It is pertinent to mention here that Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar on Saturday said that coronavirus testing capacity has increased in Pakistan and the country now has the capacity to perform over 35,000 tests per day.