Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah during a meeting of the provincial task force on coronavirus decided to purchase the new medical equipment, including coronavirus testing machines and portable X-ray systems.
According to a press release from the provincial government, the new medical equipment ordered includes 290 ventilators, 3.2 million Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), 100,000 testing kits, 100 Rapid Kit Antigen Test Machines (RKATM), 50 RT Lamp Testing Machines and 10,000 RT Lamp Kits, and 29 portable X-ray machines. With the addition of these tools, Sindh’s testing capacity will be improved.
CM Shah said while at least 5,000 more ventilators were required to meet any emergency, the purchase of an additional 290 was approved in the first phase.
According to the provincial health department, there were only 484 ventilators, of which 353 were operational, 52 out of order, 43 yet to be installed, and 21 were in the purchasing process.
Rapid Kit Antigen Test Machines (RKATM) was manufactured by Chinese scientists, was able to test samples through an easier system, effectively carrying out 10 tests an hour.
Shah approved buying 100 machines and 100,000 antigen testing kits and directed the health department to immediately place the order and to ensure the RT Lamp Testing Machines and 10,000 RT Lamp Kits were delivered properly.
Health officials informed the chief minister that seven medical facilities including Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital Karachi, Chest Clinic Lyari, taluka hospital Hala, and the district headquarters (DHQ) hospitals in Sanghar, Ghotki, Naushahro Feroze, and Kashmore, had been provided testing machines and were able to conduct 1,344 tests in six batches a day.
Therefore, these health facilities are in of need 120,960 kits over the next 90 days.
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