Hospitals in Peshawar are dealing with an influx of coronavirus patients which has left some health facilities in the province struggling to provide them and others with medical treatment, it emerged on Wednesday.
As of May 26, the province has reported a total of 8,259 cases and 416 deaths, which is the highest death toll reported in the country.
Hayatabad Medical Complex (HMC) administration said that they have had to stop admitting new coronavirus patients as they do not have enough beds at the moment.
According to directives issued by the health department, only patients showing serious symptoms should be admitted to hospitals while those with mild symptoms should self-isolate at home.
They attributed the rise in the number of patients to plasma therapy being offered at the hospital for treating the respiratory illness; HMC is currently the only hospital in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which offers the experimental treatment.
Meanwhile, Khyber Teaching Hospital (KTH) spokesperson Syeda Aliya said the hospital had two isolation units for Covid-19 patients with a total capacity of 55 beds, and a separate 30 beds reserved for staff.
She added that there are 40 patients including five staff members currently under treatment at KTH. “Out of 56 ventilators, 25 have been set aside for Covid-19 patients,” she said.
Police Services Hospital Deputy Medical Superintendent Dr Aurangzeb said they had 30 beds for Covid-19 patients out of which only six were currently occupied.
“The remaining beds are for those patients who are showing serious symptoms,” he added.
The Lady Reading Hospital (LRH) administration also said they were not facing a shortage of beds.
In a statement, LRH Dean Professor Abdul Latif Khan said only 32 out of the 220-bed coronavirus complex was currently occupied.
“Only 10 of these patients have tested positive for the virus while the remaining are suspected patients,” he said, adding that 22 suspected and confirmed patients had also been admitted to the intensive care unit.
He said more beds can be allocated for critical patients if the need arises. He also urged doctors to cooperate with the hospital administration, adding that all precautionary measures for ensuring their safety were being taken.