500 pneumonia patients admitted to BBH in five days

RAWALPINDI: In the recent wave of intense cold, 500 pneumonia patients have been admitted in Benazir Bhutto Hospital (BBH) in last five days.

Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU) Vice Chancellor Prof Muhammad Umar said the recent outbreak of pneumonia is due to severe winter spell and there are no symptoms of bird flu or swine flu. He said all resources are being utilised in Allied Hospitals to provide better treatment.

Pneumonia occurs mostly in children and elderly people due to weak immune system, he said.

Additional Medical Superintendent BBH Dr Masood Safdar told that BBH has a capacity of 102 beds whereas the number of pneumonia patients reaching the hospital is beyond its capacity.

The hospital administration is not refusing any patient rather it is organising the huge flux of patients within the given resources, he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2018.

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