COVID-19: Fed govt. sends defective Testing Kits to Sindh

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Testing kits provided by NDMA are lying unused for having some accuracy issues

Sindh faces shortage of Personal Protective Equipment and testing kits; coronavirus tally jumps 783; death toll rises to 11

Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah has said that during the last 18 days 87 percent rise has been recorded in coronavirus cases, which is alarming and needs more focused and collective efforts to control the situation.

This he said while participating in the prime minister’s meeting through video link from CM House on Friday. The meeting was attended by Minister Health Dr. Azra Pechuho, CM Coordinator Haris Gazdar, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, DG Rangers Major General Omer Bukhari, IG Sindh Mushtaq Maher, ACS Home Usman Chachar, Brigadier Sami of Corps-5, Secretary Investment Najam Shah, Dr. Bari CEO of Indus Hospital and Prof Dr. Faisal.

The chief minister said that there were 783 cases reported till afternoon of April 3. “If the figures of the last 17 to 18 days are calculated it will show 87 percent rise in the infection- this is alarming and it must be contained with well worked out collective efforts.”

He also said his government was facing shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and testing kits for coronavirus. The medical professionals working in Isolation centers and in the hospitals must be clad in PPEs to avoid infection risk, he said and added “the PPES available with the provincial government were running out, therefore more PPEs are required.”

At this the Director General National Disaster Management Authority said that he has sent the PPEs to Sindh and if they have been used he would arrange more kits.

The chief minister also said that the testing kits provided by the NDMA had some accuracy issues, as has been pointed out by the experts working with Sindh government therefore they are not being used. The prime minister directed NDMA to coordinate with the provincial government and resolve the issues of Kits.

COVID-19: The meeting was told that upto the afternoon of April 3, some 783 cases of Coronavirus have been detected. Out of 783 cases, 342 cases are in Karachi, 151 in Hyderabad, 273 in Sukkur, seven in Larkana, two in Ghotki, one Jacobabad, one in Dadu and six in Shaheed Benazirabad.

The chief minister said that our cases have increased 87 percent during the last 15 days, therefore the government, federal and the provincial governments have to take necessary measures to contain the virus.

Under the client status, 297 people are in isolation at their homes, 65 patients including 25 pilgrims have been cured while 11 succumbed to the virus infection.

Thalassemia patients: Murad Ali Shah has directed health department to issue necessary instructions to the Regional Blood Banks to provide blood for Thalassemia patients. “I am worried about the patients, particularly the children,” he said and added they must be administered blood as per schedule. (PR)

 

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