Health ministry issues advisory for suspension of OPDs

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services (NHS) on Wednesday issued an advisory for suspension of Outdoor Patients Departments (OPDs) of the federal city hospitals for an indefinite period.
The ministry also issued orders to gradually decrease the indoor patients’ number in hospitals also. The advisory issued said that in compliance of decisions taken by the National Coordination Committee regarding preventive measures and precautionary measures to control COVID-19, all hospitals and medical institutions in ICT Islamabad working under administrative control of the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination are hereby advised as under. “It said that All OPDs shall remain closed till further orders, while number of indoor patients to be decreased gradually to create space for COVID-19 patients,” said the advisory.
It also said that no leave request of medical and paramedical staff be entertained and their attendance shall be ensured.
Earlier, in the previous month, PIMS top administration held a meeting to review the situation of COVID-19 situation and decided to close the OPD and extended the isolation ward facility.