Administrator and Commissioner Karachi Iftikhar Ali Shallwani on Tuesday said that COVID-19 Infection Disease and Research Centre has been functional at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital (ASH) .
A 120-beded centre is equipped with isolation ward, High Dependency Units (HDUs), having experienced doctors, professors and experts, the Administrator shared while addressing a ceremony held at COVID-19 Infection Disease and Research Centre at Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
Senior Director Coordination Masood Alam, Senior Director Health and Medical Services Dr Salma Kausar, Executive Director Karachi Institute of Heart Disease Dr Asadullah Hussaini, Medical Superitendant Abbasi Shaheed Hospital Dr Nadeem Rajput and other concerned officials were also present on the occasion.
He said that there are 25 ventilators in the hospital.
He asked the doctors and paramedical staff to also prevent themselves by using precautionary measures and following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) while treating the COVID-19 patients.
Shallwani said that Abbasi Shaheed Hospital is the third largest hospital of Karachi and caters large part of the city especially under privileged areas. He said that the hoapital is conducting COVID-19 testing free of cost.
“Doctors and other health workers are our heroes who are treating the patients by keeping their own lives at stake,” he added.
Speaking on lockdown in the wake of alarming surge in number of COVID-19 patients, the Administrator said that restrictions may be imposed in more areas while shopping centre might be closed once again to control the spread of novel coronavirus.
He was of the view that to save human lives is their topmost priority, adding that we could avoid the spread of novel coronavirus only through SOPs and preventive measures.
On the occasion, Shallwani visited different parts of COVID-19 Infection Disease and Research Centre and reviewed the facilities being provided to the people. He directed that machinery and other equipments should be fully functional and maintained around the clock.
The Administrator said that we have to be fully prepare to cope with the second wave of COVID-19.
He also asked the hospital’s staff to perform their duties with courage and take this work as a service of human being.
Each ward of Abbasi Shaheed Hospital would be updated and it would be made one of the best hospitals.