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PIMS extends red alert till 30th

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has extended the red alert from to the 30th to deal with any untoward situation.PIMS spokesperson Wasim Khawaja on Tuesday said that as many as 350 beds have been vacated while leaves of all staff have been canceled. He said that the hospital’s blood bank has arranged 100 bags of each blood group and medicines for 2,000 patients. He said that on the direction of Shaheed Zulifkar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Javed Akram, a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff was working in the emergency round the clock. He said that all senior doctors were on call while special directives from the vice chancellor had been issued to provide standard medical cover to the protesters.He said that the hospital management had also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and the incoming patients other than the protesters were provided with the basic health facilities. He said that besides the policemen who are on duty, several protesters also visiting PIMS with complications like headache, fever, back-pain, sore-throat and weakness. He said that the hospital had put highly equipped ambulances on high alert to provide immediate medical assistance to the sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). He said that the protesters can visit the hospital’s emergency in case of any medical complication, or they can get information or standard medical assistance from the hospital’s helpline 051-9261170.He said that all arrangements had been made in case of any untoward situation and sufficient stock of medicines was available at the hospital. He said that there were chances of spread of infectious diseases due to presence of people from different areas in the sit-ins and in this regard, the hospital management had made special arrangements. On the other hand, the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) has made special arrangements with the support of the Health Directorate of the Capital Development Authority (CDA) to ensure the supply of clean water to sit-in participants of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT). PIMS spokesperson Wasim Khawaja said that the chlorination of water is being implemented to save the people from typhoid, cholera, hepatitis, and diarrhoea as there are chances of the spread of such diseases besides flu and other viral diseases affecting lungs and throat. Khawaja said that Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Medical University’s Vice Chancellor Javed Akram met with the officials of the CDA Health Directorate for the water purification for the sit-in participants. He added that medically fumigation is not suitable in a crowd as it causes allergy and asthma.He said that on the directives of Javed Akram a qualified team of medical and paramedical staff is working in the hospital’s emergency round the clock. He said that all senior doctors are on call while special directives from the vice chancellor of the medical university has been issued to provide standard medical cover to the protesters. He said that the hospital’s management has also managed the routine services of the hospital so that the admitted patients and incoming patients other than the protesters are provided with the basic health facilities.

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