peshawar: The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has decided to utilize the newly constructed building of Peshawar Institute of Cardiology (PIC) for the treatment of Corona infected patients and the health department has been directed to take necessary steps on war footing in order to ensure the availability of the required trained human resource including Doctors, Paramedics and nurses so that the hospital could be operationalized without any delay. This decision was taken in a meeting of Provincial Task Force on COVID-19 held here on Wednesday with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the chair. The meeting also gave go ahead to the health department to conduct walk-in-interviews for hiring of human resource of different cadres to functionalize the Peshawar institute of Cardiology for the treatment of Corona infected patients. Similarly, communication and works department, PTCL and PESCO have also been directed to ensure immediate utility connections in the building of PIC.
Provincial Health Minister Taimur Saleem Jhagra, Minister Labour Shaukat Yousafzai, Advisor to CM on Information Ajmal Wazir, Corps Commander Peshawar Lt. General Nauman Mahmood, Chief Secretary Dr. Kazim Niaz, Additional Chief Secretary Shakeel Qadir, Inspector General Police Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Dr. Sanaullah Abbasi, administrative secretaries of concerned departments and other relevant high ups attended the meeting. The meeting was briefed in detail about the latest situation of COVID-19 across the province, enforcement of smart lockdown, progress made so far to enhance the capacity of public sector hospitals and other matters related to Corona pandemic. The meeting stressed the need to make the smart lockdown more effective and ensure the strict implementation of SoPs in markets directing the divisional and district administrations to take appropriate steps to this effect.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, the Chief Minister directed that the issue of SoPs violation be taken up with the elected representatives of Traders Community and they be given a couple of days for ensuring the implementation of SoPs in their respective markets adding that even then SoPs are violated in any market then those markets be immediately closed down. The meeting has also underlined the need to devise effective strategy to contain the possible outbreak of Corona pandemic during the upcoming Eid ul Adha and constituted a committee headed by Secretary Home for the purpose. It was also decided that cattle markets would be established only in the specific areas under proper SoPs for buying and selling of sacrificial animals. Briefing about the capacity enhancement of public sector hospitals of the province, the meeting was informed that public healthcare capacity for critical care patients has been significantly increased whereas steps are being taken on emergency footings to further increase the capacity. The Chief Minister on this occasion directed that central control room should be integrated with all the hospitals further directing that focal persons of all teaching hospitals should be nominated in order to utilize the ICU and HDU beds allocated for the patients of COVID-19 in possible best manners. He stated this initiative would not only curtail the burden of patients in major hospitals but will also be helpful to facilitate the patients.