All elective surgeries postponed to meet oxygen demand

ISLAMABAD: All elective surgeries at private and public hospitals across the country will be postponed, the National Command and Operation Centre announced Wednesday.

To ensure uninterrupted supply of oxygen to hospitals as COVID-19 infections the decision was taken at the NCOC meeting after a detailed analysis of oxygen demand and supply was conducted.

Efforts are also underway to revive the oxygen plant of Pakistan Steel Mills to meet shortages during the third wave of coronavirus.

If it becomes necessary the NCOC worked out mechanism to divert oxygen supply from nonessential industrial uses. The possibility of importing oxygen supplies is also present, Dr Sultan said.

Pakistan country reported 5,292 cases over 24 hours and a record 201 deaths. This is the highest number of daily deaths recorded since the pandemic began.