ISLAMABAD: The federal government has decided to increase 1000 beds with oxygen supply capability in major hospitals of the country within a month.
Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives, Asad Umar who chaired the NCOC meeting on Monday, took to his official Twitter account and announced the decision.
Asad Umar said the federal government plans to increase the number of beds in all major hospitals in the country within this month.
We have decided in the NCOC meeting this morning that the federal government will ensure increase of 1000 beds with oxygen supply capability in the major cities of the country within the month of june
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) June 8, 2020
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases has surged to 103,671 in Pakistan, while the death toll stands at 2,064.
According to the National Command and Control Center (NCOC), more than 3,773 cases of coronavirus were reported while 65 people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours.
As many as 34,355 patients have recovered from the disease, while the country is still witnessing a consistent rise in the COVID-19 cases. Around 21 percent of the cases have foreign travel history while 79 percent of the cases are reported to be locally transmitted.
Pakistan has so far conducted 577,974 coronavirus tests and 16,548 in the last 24 hours. 27,110 coronavirus patients have recovered in the country whereas many are in critical condition.
Earlier, Asad Umar had said the government’s foremost priority is to slow down the spread of the COVID-19 as well as improvement in the health care system of the country.
He said “Today we have more than 100 labs in the country which can conduct tests. We are also continuously working on increasing our testing capacity.”
The planning minister said “The government’s second priority is to improve health services for the citizens. Pakistan is conducting over 22,000 tests daily”, he added.
The National Disaster Management Authority had some ventilators which are being released to the provinces as their requirement is increasing, he said.
On June 7, the federal minister said that the government distributed 250 ventilators to Sindh, Punjab, Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Islamabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgil-Baltistan.
“Of these 72 were given to Punjab, 52 each to Sind and KP and 20 to Balochistan. Balance were given to AJK, GB and Islamabad,” he tweeted.
In the last one week federal govt has distributed 250 ventilators. Of these 72 were given to punjab, 52 each to sind and kp and 20 to balochistan. Balance were given to AJK, GB and islamabad
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) June 7, 2020