No containment, closure of educational institutions in sight, says Sindh CM

KARACHI: Ruling out the possibility of any Covid-19 related restrictions including the closure of educational institutions, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said on Friday that despite a rapid rise in Covid-19 cases in Karachi neither people were dying nor the number of hospitalizations was increasing but asked people to take precautionary measures and follow SOPs.

“Despite a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases and positivity in Karachi, neither the number of deaths (due to Covid-19) is increasing nor are hospitalizations rising. There is no burden in our facilities intensive care unit so any decision on restrictions or lockdown would be made in consultation with the NCOC as Covid-19 is almost the same across the country,” he said in an interview with The News after being told inaugurated a simulation laboratory at the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Karachi, on Friday morning.The Chief Minister maintained that Covid-19 cases were on the rise across the country, particularly in Karachi where positivity was increasing rapidly, but added that the situation was still under control.

“Our healthcare facilities are not under pressure, therefore, we are not planning to impose any restrictions or lockdowns,” he said and added that his government would follow NCOC decisions regarding lockdown or closure. educational institutions.

During his speech at the inaugural ceremony of the Asif Rehman Simulation Center at DUHS, Syed Murad Ali Shah called on Dow University of Health Sciences to establish a central simulation center at the university, so that d other public sector medical universities can also take advantage of the facility. and train their students and healthcare professionals using virtual reality.

The DUHS Simulation Center was established at a cost of Rs230 million, of which Rs30 million was provided by the Dow Class 1990. The inaugural ceremony was attended by the Minister of Health, Dr Azra Pechuho, VC DUHS, the Prof. Saeed Qureshi, Pro VC Prof. Zarnaz Wahid, Faculty Members, Principal DDC Arshad Hassan, Dow Class of 1990, Dr. Asim Hashmi, Dr. Faryal and others.

Murad Ali Shah said his government was investing heavily in the health sector. Dow University created a state-of-the-art “Simulation Center” with the help of Dow Class-1990 that would allow healthcare professionals, especially novices, to learn more efficiently and through mistakes without fear of harming the patient.

“I want a central simulation center to be established at Dow University and its satellite centers to be established at all government universities and medical schools, so that students from other universities and colleges can learn through reality. virtual,” he said and added his government. was ready to invest for this purpose.

It can be said that simulation-based medical education is defined as any educational activity that uses simulation to reproduce clinical scenarios and its tools serve as an alternative to real patients.

The CM said that healthcare simulations could be considered to have four primary goals – education, evaluation, research, and health system integration to facilitate patient safety. He urged all universities to pay particular attention to areas of research where we are lagging behind.

Earlier, the Chief Minister, right after unveiling the center’s inauguration plaque, visited different districts and witnessed the demonstration of simulation processes carried out in different districts. Sindh Health Minister Dr. Azra Pechuho, VC Dow University Saeed Qureshi and others also spoke on the occasion.

Speaking to the media, Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah said Covid cases had started to spread rapidly. “On January 1, 2022, we had 300 cases and on January 22, 2022, 2,289 cases were detected – which means that almost 2,000 cases have increased in 12 days,” he said.

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