RAWALPINDI: As many as 616 frontline health workers have been vaccinated against Covid-19 in three government-run hospitals of the city.
According to data, 204 doctors, 37 nurses and 85 paramedical staff have been vaccinated at Holy Family Hospital, 75 doctors, two nurses and 32 paramedical staff at Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) and 48 doctors, 32 nurses and 114 paramedical staff at the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.
A doctor at BBH said doctors, nurses and paramedical were waiting for the response of the first dose, adding the vaccination was expected to be slow next week as well.
Meanwhile, 26 more patients tested positive in the district. As many as 21 new patients arrived in hospitals, including three from cantonment areas, seven from Potohar Town and 11 from Rawal Town areas.
Three patients came from Gujar Khan, one each from Taxila, Islamabad, Abbottabad and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
There are 292 active patients in the district and 118 of them are in hospitals and 174 isolated at homes.
Of the Covid-19 patients from the district, 12 are admitted to Holy Family Hospital, 18 to Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH), 17 to Fauji Foundation Hospital (FFH), 19 to Rawalpindi Institute of Urology (RIU) and two to Hearts International Hospital.
Commissioner retired Capt Mohammad Mehmood said five patients were on ventilators, 33 on oxygen and 28 were stable.
He said 17,416 people tested positive since March 2020 - 14,069 in Rawalpindi, 1,279 in Attock, 1,438 in Jhelum and 630 in Chakwal.
He said 16,217 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery in the four districts - 13,157 in Rawalpindi, 1,183 in Attock, 1,320 in Jhelum and 557 in Chakwal.
He said 620 people died of the virus since its outbreak in Rawalpindi, 27 in Attock, 40 in Jheulm and 69 in Chakwal.
The positivity rate of Covid-19 in the capital is increasing gradually and the capital administration fears it might further increase in coming weeks.
District Health Officer Dr Zaeem Zia said weekly positivity rate increased to 2.6pc this week against 2.1pc last week.
On Saturday, 137 more cases were reported in the capital.
Officials said 32 cases were reported in the age group of 30-39 followed by 24 in 20-29, 21 in 40-49, 15 in 10-19, 12 in 0-9, 11 each in 50-59 and 60-69, eight in 70-79 and three in 80 and above.
Published in Dawn, February 21st, 2021