Rawalpindi-The administration of Peads Department at Benazir Bhutto Hospital are facing a serious shortage of anti-biotic medicines to treat the children suffering from influenza A-H1N1, informed sources on Wednesday.

Besides medicines, the department is also facing shortage of beds as the numbers of patients rises due to flu outbreak, they added.

At present, the Peads department only has 94 beds in Children Wards whereas the numbers of admitted patients has crossed 250, they said.

Medical Superintendent BBH Dr Arshad Ali Sabir rebuffed reports of shortage of beds and anti-biotics with outbreak of influenza saying he had provided an extra ward for curing children in hospital.

 “On one bed, the doctors have to lay three to four children for examination and treatment,” sources added.

Sources said that some 28 to 30 children suffering with pneumonia are admitted in the wards on a daily basis.

MS Dr Arshad Ali Sabir, when contacted, said the hospital has enough stock of anti-biotics to treat the influenza patients. He said he had granted another ward to the management of Peads for admitting patients. “In OPD, doctors examine 300 to 400 child patients daily,” he said. He said the influx of patients is huge as most of them belonged to KPK and AJK. “We are trying our best to provide quality medical treatment to patients,” MS said. He said PC1 has been forwarded to the government for extension in children ward.