Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has urged the Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) to work out SOPs for clinics and suggest ways and means to launch tele- medicine clinics so that patients of other diseases could be provided medical treatment,This he said on Saturday while talking to Pakistan Medical Association(PMA) delegation here at CM House.
The delegation members were Dr Qaisar Sajad, Dr Qazi Wasiq, Dr Sharif Hashmi and Dr Qhafoor Shoro. Minister Health Dr Azra Fazal Pechuho, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary Health Zahid Abbasi, CM Focal Person Najam Shah and Adl. Secretary Health Fayaz Abbasi also attended the meeting.
The delegation members suggested the chief minister to totally separate Coronavirus patients from regular hospitals, including Tertiary Care centers so that regular patients could be attended there.
They also said that PGs should be inducted at the COVID-19 centers after giving their proper training of COVID-19 management and treatment trainings. This would help over come the shortage of professionals, the PMA suggested.
Minister health Dr Azra said that there were 45,000 PGs and the health dept wanted to start their online training. She urged the PMA to help the government in overcoming the shortage of medical and para-medical staff.
The PMA also suggested that the lock down should have been earlier and strict but this could not happen, therefore local spread took place.
Replying to the PMA members, the chief minister said that he was of the view to impose lockdown all over Pakistan from March 15 with suspension of all the travel and other facilities.
Since, I failed to bring federal and other provincial governments round my views and apprehensions, therefore imposition of lockdown because late.
Mr Shah said that he was establishing Isolation centers and field hospitals all over Sindh and the facilities would be almost out of city. “We are using our newly constructed health and education dept buildings and will utilize open grounds by installing marquees there.
The chief minister pointed out that there were four categories of the Coronavirus patients. Those who came by air, Pilgrims from Iran, people of tabligh Jamaat and local transmission.
“We succeeded in isolating pilgrims at Sukkur and people of Tabligh Jamaat in different districts, therefore virus couldn’t spread from them,” he said and added “yes, it spread from those who came by air and went unchecked and spread the virus and now we are facing spread of virus in slums and katchiabadies,” he said.
Mr Shah urged the PMA to to talk to their counterparts in other provinces and share Sindh’s experience with them and their experience, issues and problems with the Sindh government so that we could learn from our shortcomings.