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Lahore’s Expo Centre field hospital closed after all COVID-19 patients discharged

The Punjab Health Department said that all the patients receiving treatment for coronavirus at Lahore’s Expo Centre Field hospital have been discharged and all the medical facility are temporarily closed.

The Punjab government had introduced a 990-bed isolation facility — with 10-bed High Dependency Unit — at the Lahore Expo Centre, while 110 doctors and paramedical staff were appointed at the medical centre to nurse virus-affected patients.

All COVID-19 patients under treatment at the Expo Centre Field Hospital were discharged after fully recovering from the disease.

Punjab Health Minister Yasmin Rashid said that if the government facility is permanently closed after Moharram, the medical equipment and other resources would be sold to other hospitals.

Meanwhile, Health Secretary Nabeel Awan noted that after Eid-ul-Azha, there might be another spike in coronavirus cases. “If there are no cases reported for the virus in the coming days, then the medical facility would be permanently closed by August,” he added.

He also said that the utility bills for the field hospital amount to Rs20 million. However, at the time of the custody of the medical facility, it was decided that rent for the hospital would not be charged.

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