The Sindh measure ensures effectively coping up with the growing number of Covid-19 cases
Announcement came during the meeting of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) about COVID-19
Sindh plans to double the capacity of government hospitals in one month. Government of Sindh will enhance this capacity by July end. It is to effectively cope with the growing number of COVID-19 patients, says Provincial Minister for Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechcho.
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The announcement came during the meeting of National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) on COVID-19. She says that the deployment of law enforcers were at the hospitals is to provide security to the healthcare workers. The provincial government was also planning to promulgate ordinance aiming to curb the increasing trend of violence in hospitals. It is to punish the families of the infected patients.
Chairing the meeting, Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza said the government wanted to ease lockdown. He asked the federating units to ensure implementing Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) at their respective jurisdictions.
He said a separate meeting with nurses,paramedics would also be arranged soon to know about their problems and suggestions. The representatives of provinces also urged the government to enact laws. These laws should be for punishing the perpetrators of violence against healthcare workers in the hospitals.
Balochistan representative stressed offering incentives to healthcare workers for better working. It includes especially paying quick compensation to heirs of a health care worker, who die after contracting COVID-19.
Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) representative proposes establishment of Telehealth Centres should at major hospitals.
Prime Minister’s Focal Person on COVID-19 Dr Faisal Sultan, Provincial health ministers and high ranking officials of provincial governments including Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) attended the meeting via video link.