ISLAMABAD: Coronavirus patients are facing serious problems in getting information regarding the availability of hospital beds located across the country as no link to the “Pak Nigheban app" announced by the government is available.

The government on Friday had announced that the National Command and Operation Centre (NOOC) had launched the “Pak Nigheban app" to provide information on hospitals and the availability of ventilators.

Various people have complained that they could not find the “Pak Nigheban app" on Google app store and requested to help them find the app so that they can benefit from it.

According to the government's announcement, the app has information about a total of 1,110 hospitals across Pakistan. It is supposed to provide details about the number of beds, ventilators and all other details concerning these hospitals.

It is also said to have information on emergency respondents and healthcare officials available at these hospitals.

In an emergency, people can easily check the app and go to the hospital that has the facilities available at that time.

According to the NCOC, this app will help save lives in cases of emergency.

The development came after the number of coronavirus cases in the country spiked above 90,000 on Friday morning, which now has reached 95,458 with the death tally at 1,935.

Officials told Business Recorder that following the spike in the Covid-19 cases after Eid-ul-Fitr, at present the hospitals in Sindh and Punjab have reached their maximum capacity leading to problems for patients.

They said that on a daily basis both the provinces were reporting thousands of cases, saying on Saturday, Punjab once again reported the highest number of coronavirus cases with 2,164 new entries taking the provincial tally to 35,308.

The province has also reported 30 new deaths.

Sindh has reported 1,475 new coronavirus cases, Sindh government spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said in a tweet.

The latest update takes the provincial tally to 36,364.

Moreover, 19 more Covid-19 patients passed away in the last 24 hours, taking the provincial death toll to 634.

New coronavirus cases have also been reported in Islamabad, Gilgit-Baltistan and Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

According to the national dashboard, 377 new cases were reported in Islamabad, 45 in Gilgit-Baltistan and 32 new cases in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa has reported a total of 12,459 cases with 541 deaths; Balochistan reported a total of 5,776 cases with 56 deaths; Islamabad has reported 4,323 cases with 45 deaths; Gilgit-Baltistan 897 cases with 13 deaths; and Azad Kashmir reported a total of 331 cases with eight deaths.

Currently, the Covid-19 patients are being treated in 23 public and private hospitals in Sindh.

The total number of isolation beds for the Covid-19 patients in these hospitals is 1,214, while a total of 351 beds have been arranged in the high dependency units (HDUs).

The number of ventilators available at the intensive care units (ICUs) of these hospitals for Covid-19 patients is 257.

Right now, Covid-19 patients have occupied 201 isolation beds in Sindh, while 1,013 beds are still available for new patients.

Similarly, 200 HDU beds have been occupied and 151 HDU beds are available.

Of the 257 ventilators for the Covid-19 patients in the province, 159 are being currently utilized, and 98 are available for new patients.

Among all the cities in Sindh, Karachi is facing the most pressure in terms of its healthcare infrastructure for the Covid-19 patients as only 30 ventilators, 67 HDU beds and 171 isolation beds are available in the city for new patients.

It is pertinent to mention here that the availability of beds and ventilators referred to here in this report existed at the time of the filing of this report.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2020