Doctors working in Karachi’s hospitals have been warning of a surge in Covid-19 cases, particularly among individuals who have not yet been vaccinated — and who account for over 85 per cent of admissions to ICUs in recent days, according to a study by the Sindh health department.
“In the last two weeks, out of the 88 patients in Civil’s Covid ICU, 84 were unvaccinated,” said Dr Azizullah Khan Dhiloo, administrator of the Covid-19 ICU at Dr Ruth Pfau Civil Hospital, Karachi.
Dr Dhiloo said the hospital has witnessed a sharp rise in citizens coming to the emergency and is struggling to cater with the influx. The latest surge is the result of the Delta variant, originally detected in India some months ago, along with lax social attitudes and increased activity around Eidul Azha.
On July 26, the Civil hospital halted all its key functions, shut outpatient departments (OPDs) and suspended surgeries till further orders on account of the sharp spike in Covid-19 cases.
“The Covid triage at Civil Hospital was usually filled with 150-200 people on a daily basis. However, in recent days, the number has gone up to 500 a day, with some 50 serious cases requiring hospitalisations.
“The doctors and nurses are overwhelmed. People need to think about the burden that is being placed on medical facilities,” he said.