Sindh faces a dire shortage of ventilators in the Coronavirus crisis. There are only 179 ventilators for its population of more than 47.8 million.
This means that there is 1 ventilator per 300,000 people. Sixteen of Sindh’s 29 districts, including Mirpurkhas, Tharparkar, Umerkot, Ghotki, Badin, Sujawal, Kashmore and Sanghar have no ventilators at all, according to the Sindh health department.
The highest number can be found in Khairpur where there are 37 ventilators for its population of 2.4 million.
Even in the densely populated city of the Karachi, there’s an acute shortage of the lifesaving medical equipment. Karachi’s districts East, West, Central and Korangi have 0 ventilators.
District South, with a population of 1.7 million, has 24 ventilators. Malir’s 2.4 million has only 9 ventilators.
“We have ordered 300 ventilators, said Media Coordinator to the Health Minister Meeran Yusuf, the health department’s annual budget is around Rs120 billion.