The Punjab develops technology will allow monitoring of bed occupancy
Punjab develops app to monitor availability of beds and ventilators. The detail is brought in the National Command and Operations Center (NCOC) on Saturday.
The application indicates bed occupancy and availability of ventilators in each and every hospital of the Punjab. The application would help the officials of Rescue 1122. It will track the beds and ventilators’ availability in every district of the province.
Punjab and Sindh’s Fight against Covid-19
Punjab Health Minister Dr Yasmin Rashid apprised the NCOC. NCOC met here with Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar in chair. She said that the Rescue 1122 and provincial health department staff were being provided with training.
Asad Umar appreciates the Punjab government for taking a lead in developing an application. He appreciates as it could update the health officials with real-time data. He also directs the other federating units to replicate the initiative for effective handling of those COVID-19 positive patients who are in home-quarantine. The meeting also had a practical demonstration of the application.
Dr Yasmin also briefs the NCOC about smart lock down mechanism in Punjab. She says that the province was all set to issue detailed Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) in that regard. All out efforts would be there to enforce the smart lock down across the province, she says. The health minister said that Punjab had increased its testing capacity. She added that it would run extensive awareness drive on SOPs to communicate the guidelines to the citizens. She further adds that a notification will be there shortly for home quarantine of the corona-positive patients.
Sindh Health Minister Azra Fazal Pechuho says that the virus spread in central and Northern Sindh is increasing gradually. She says that less number of Corona Virus cases were in Southern part of the province. She said that at least 22 areas had been under lock down in Karachi which had emerged as a hot spot in Sindh. The virus was transmitting to other districts as well due to inter-city movement of people.
Response from Regions
The representatives of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balcohistan, Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir, and Gilgit Baltistan also apprised the NCOC about their strategies in enforcing the smart lock downs in their respective areas. Further, the meeting was also given other information. The Rural Support Programme had been working in the federal capital to enhance community mobilization against the COVID-19.
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The National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) also shared its plan for procurement of critical equipments. The attendance in meeting was also by National Coordinator Lt Gen Hamood Uz Zaman, Federal Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Security Moeed Yusuf.