Cases of healthcare facility Covid testing limits soar – Journal
LAHORE: The provincial capital persistently reports more than 60% of positive cases in Punjab, creating alarm for health authorities to take drastic measures to contain the virus.
The Covid-19 situation is worsening with each passing day in the city of more than 11 million inhabitants as the total number of infections in Lahore crossed the 100,000 mark on Friday.
The chairman of the Corona Expert Advisory Group Punjab, Professor Mahmood Shaukat, has also tested positive for the virus. His condition is believed to be serious due to severe respiratory problems and is under treatment at the Pakistan Kidney and Liver Institute (PKLI).
Senior critical doctor in hospital
Official figures on Friday described an alarming situation suggesting that a record 1,868 more people have tested positive for the virus in Punjab in the past 24 hours. Among them, Lahore, the provincial capital, reported 1,159 new infections, another record number of positive cases of the virus in one day during the third wave of the virus.
Most of the city’s public hospitals already lacked health facilities to cope with the extremely growing number of admissions.
Medical experts said the massive increase in new cases revealed the worst conditions during the start-up phase of the third wave of Covid-19 compared to the first which began in the early 2020s. They suggested that only preventive measures and natural and vaccine-induced antibodies could neutralize the coroanvirus and the new variants.
“The frequent increase in deaths and new infections can also be avoided by speeding up the vaccination of people, but we are sorry for them because the pace of vaccination is slow,” said one of the leading doctors.
Requesting anonymity, he said the government cared the least about public health and life, especially in the larger province which had the highest percentage of viral load. He said poor health care arrangements and the disappointing role of health officials and doctors as well as tertiary care hospitals across the province made the fight against the disease all the more difficult and difficult. .
Multiple denial of admission complaints have surfaced over the past two weeks, risking the lives of critical patients with the virus reaching there with low saturation, he said.
He further lamented that the low Covid-19 testing ratio in Punjab was also a greater threat in calculating the true impact of the coronavirus. Official figures on Friday confirmed serious concerns from medical experts as only 15,818 Covid-19 tests have been performed in the past 24 hours in Punjab.
According to the data, the total number of infections in Punjab reached 193,054 while in the provincial capital, 100,596.
Likewise, the virus claimed the lives of 23 most critical patients in Punjab in one day, bringing the death toll to 5,917.
Meanwhile, the Punjab government said health workers will get a second dose of vaccination and arrangements have been finalized at the Johar Town Exhibition Center. Hall No.3 and Counter No.11 were designated to vaccinate them at the exhibition center, he said, adding that in Punjab 107,793 healthcare professionals had received the first dose of the vaccine.
No less than 523,008 healthcare professionals have been registered for coronavirus vaccination in Punjab.
Posted in Dawn, le 20 March 2021