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.

Islamabad

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

Opinion

For whom the clock ticks
Updated 22 Apr 2021

For whom the clock ticks

Tarin will have to succeed in order to cement his position within the cabinet.
Ending the ‘forever war’
Updated 21 Apr 2021

Ending the ‘forever war’

Regardless of who the adversary was at any point, two generations of Afghans have known only war.

Editorial

22 Apr 2021

Capping power debt

THE suggested revision in the Circular Debt Management Plan, which aims to cap the flow or addition of new debt to...
22 Apr 2021

Istanbul postponement

WHILE the postponement of the Istanbul peace talks on Afghanistan, which were scheduled to be held later this week,...
22 Apr 2021

No mining precautions

YET another accident caused by a methane gas explosion has been reported from the dangerous coal mines of...
More mishandling
Updated 21 Apr 2021

More mishandling

By its bad decision-making and weak management, the govt has allowed the TLP to garner more importance and heft than it deserves.
21 Apr 2021

Declining FDI

THE sharp decline in FDI in recent months is worrisome. New State Bank data shows that FDI has plummeted by a hefty...
21 Apr 2021

The digital divide

IN the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Inclusive Internet Index report, measuring internet inclusion in terms...