In view of the coronavirus in the entire world, Dr Aasim Yusuf, the Chief Medical Officer, said the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and the Research Centre, being a leading healthcare institution, took many unprecedented steps.
In a talk with media, arranged at the site of Camp-Covid, a Triaging and Initial Assessment Centre, being built in the premises of SKMCH&RC, Lahore, He said,
“These steps include setting up of a Coronavirus Triaging and Initial Assessment Centre, allocating three of our four inpatient units for COVID-19 patients, establishment of a 35-bed Intensive Care Unit fully equipped with ventilators for providing highly specialized care, training of medical and paramedical staff to deal with COVID-19 patients, scaling up our capacity to provide testing facilities and the education of the public and healthcare institutions through media.”
Answering to a question about the testing facility for the coronavirus at Shaukat Khanum Hospital, Dr. Aasim informed the media, “The hospital is providing a free coronavirus testing facility with the help of the government of Punjab. All testing kits are provided by the government and the hospital is contributing in terms of its resources and staff for the service.”
He said, “We will continue to serve cancer patients we have taken responsibility of and would be curtailing other non-cancer services to be able to create capacity to help the country deal with the coronavirus.”