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Four OPDs at Polyclinic resume operations

Dental, ENT, eye and general surgery clinics open

​ Our Correspondent May 31, 2020
ISLAMABAD: Four Outpatient department (OPD) clinics at the Federal Government Poly Clinic Hospital in Islamabad have been reopened on Saturday.

Sources said that the clinics have been reactivated after the instructions of the PCH Head Dr Naila Israr. The Express Tribune made several attempts to contact her but she couldn’t be reached.

They include clinics of departments such as dental, ENT, eye and general surgery. The OPDs had been shut down to prevent the coronavirus outbreak as the crowded OPDs could proliferate virus.

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The patients were being only treated in the emergency departments. Sources informed The Express Tribune that over 600 patients were heading to the emergency department of the healthcare facility due to closure of OPDs.

Thousands of patients visit Polyclinic in normal days. It is the second largest healthcare facility in the capital after Pims.

Meanwhile, the district health department has released the report of total coronavirus cases in Islamabad. The report disclosed that there are over 100 patients admitted in the public and private hospitals in Islamabad.

The figures issued by the district health administration revealed on Saturday said that there are 109 infected patients who are under treatment in the hospitals.

The condition of some 60 patients is reported to have been under control while 36 patients are on supplementary oxygen. The report noted that 11 of them are on ventilators.

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Amongst these cases, the report said that 46 cases of local transmission while 63 were from outside. The report said that there are 474 beds and 90 ventilators earmarked for coronavirus patients.

The official figure disclosed that as many as 2,100 people have been infected with the pandemic virus in the federal capital. Some 1,870 are under self-isolation or quarantined at homes.

Until now, some 163 patients have been infected with the virus while 23 have succumbed to the disease.

Sector wise report

The Islamabad health authorities have also issued the sector-wise information of the infected patients in the city.

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Sector 1-10 has been the most affected of all sectors with 157 patients following with 141 in Lohi Bher area. Some 121 people contracted the pandemic virus in Tarlai.

The figures stated 105 cases in sector G-9, at least 97 in G-8 and around 96 in Barakahu. Some 95 people have contracted the virus in G-7, 90 on G-6, and 85 in G-10.

The sectors having the least number of infected patients include H-9, G-15, and Tarnol with 13 cases each while Bari Imam and sector E-16 remain the last with 10 patients each. 

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2020.


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