A field hospital is established in Sargodha Medical College (SMC), having accommodation of 80 patients and providing frontline health services to cope with the pandemic of COVID-19. Sargodha University has also set up a telemedicine centre to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Vice-Chancellor Sargodha University Dr. Ishtiaq Ahmad along with the Deputy Commissioner Sargodha Abdullah Nayyar visited the hospital
Principal Sargodha Medical College, Dr. Humaira Akram and Director Implementation Mubashar Tariq briefed the Vice-Chancellor and Deputy Commissioner about the arrangements for medical and paramedical staff and all other facilities provided at the hospital. A high dependency unit would also work 24/7 in the hospital.
Speaking on the visit, the Vice-Chancellor said Sargodha University is the first public sector university to establish a field hospital for corona patients. The hospital was set up on very short notice and supplied with all the facilities where doctors and paramedics from SMC would execute their duties.
Admiring the efforts and communal services of Sargodha University, the Deputy Commissioner Sargodha added that the role of doctors and paramedics from SMC would be written in history books and the district administration would also facilitate them.
It is worth mentioning that the Agricultural College and the Medical College of the university were also serving as quarantine centers of 237 beds and 660 beds respectively.
Swiftly responding to handle the threat of novel coronavirus, the Sargodha University also set up a ‘Telemedicine Centre’ at its facilitation centre to stop overcrowding of hospitals and to ensure the public safety as advised to stay at home.
Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar inaugurated the telemedicine centre to restraint the spread of coronavirus. The people can get free clinical services of consultation, diagnosis and e-prescription from medical experts during 8:00 am to 8:00 pm through call, Whatsapp and Skype.
Telemedicine centres could be the answer in the wake of the global pandemic as it prevents emergency rooms from being overcrowded, and limits exposure among healthcare workers to infected individuals as their safety is much more important.