National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) chief Federal Minister Asad Umar said on Sunday that Pakistan's tally for critical Covid patients reached 3,568 yesterday, the highest the country has seen so far.
"This is the highest number since Covid started," the minister said, expressing his concern on Twitter.
Cautioning the masses, Umar further said that there was a need for strong enforcement of Covid SOPs.
COVID19 in Pakistan is on the rise for the third time and this particular strain of the virus is much more threatening than the previous two. Fatima Memorial as always is amongst the first teaching hospitals to declare a Covid-19 Isolation Ward and Critical Care Unit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Following were designated for COVID-19:
Necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) for the safety of clinical, paramedical and support staff is to be arranged again as the number is rising.
As per the statistics issued by the National Command and Operation Centre on Sunday, Punjab again recorded the highest number of Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, followed by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (K-P).
Pakistan recorded at least 81 more fatalities on Saturday, out of which 49 occurred in Punjab, whereas K-P recorded 23 deaths. The country's death toll has now reached 14,778.
The country's nerve centre for Covid-19 response added that the total number of active cases in the country currently stood at 60,072, with at least 5,020 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.
According to the NCOC, about 55,605 tests were conducted across the country on April 3, of which 5,020 came out positive, taking the country’s tally for cases so far reported to 687,908.
Punjab has been the worst affected province in Pakistan with this third wave and Fatima Memorial Hospital is located in the heart of the provincial capital, Lahore. The biggest concern of the third wave is that the virus is also spreading among children causing them serious health concerns.
Since the cases are increasing, we as a hospital are preparing for the worse. In order to do so, the hospital requires support from the donors so that in the dire situation, the hospital is able to cater to the needs of the patients and most importantly the paramedic staff.
The biggest challenge for this charity based institution is the arrangement of equipment such as PPE Kits, Masks, Ventilators, which are key essentials for saving lives. The frontline staff is at risk at all times and require protective gear in order to cater to patients. A number of patients are moved to the ICU where ventilators are required and unfortunately, the hospital does not have enough ventilators.
Now that the vaccine is available we also require support from our valued donors in helping us procure the vaccine. Your donations can only make this possible for the Hospital. We at Fatima Memorial Hospital have already established a Vaccination Center but require your support for the arrangement of vaccine through donations.
As a healthcare facility, we are doing whatever we can to save lives, however, there have been cases where the hospital could not take more patients due to non-availability of ventilators.
Based on the above facts, our valued donors are requested to facilitate the hospital through donations so that all required equipment can be procured timely.
Our donors have always supported us and we would like them to continue doing so especially in these testing times.