Collectors of central, south Gujarat districts advised to ramp up Covid care amenities

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Amid a surge in Covid-19 sufferers from adjoining districts, Vadodara Municipal Corporation (VMC) and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) Vinod Rao held a video-conference Tuesday with district collectors of Bharuch, Panchmahals, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Anand, Kheda and Mahisagar and emphasised on must develop healthcare amenities to alleviate town of the added affected person burden.

Around 250 sufferers from different districts are searching for important care in Vadodara metropolis that has upped mattress occupancy in its metropolis hospitals. Of the 9,192 hospital beds for Covid-19 sufferers within the metropolis, 6,525 had been occupied on the day. Of the 1,532 ICU beds, 215 had been vacant and of the three,460 oxygen-equipped beds, 839 had been vacant, officers stated.

“There is a steep increase in number of patients from other districts admitted in hospitals of Vadodara in the last two days, and most of them are occupying ICU and ventilator beds. In view of this, we held a video-conference with collectors of Bharuch, Panchmahals, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Anand, Kheda and Mahisagar and instructed them to strengthen door-to-door surveillance, home-based Covid care, Covid hospitals and increase ICU beds and ventilators. We will ensure proper coordination between all districts of Central Gujarat so that all facilities, manpower and equipment available with all of us are pooled and put to optimum use,” Rao stated.

The metropolis recorded 384 Covid-19 instances on Tuesday, which took its virus rely to 30,711.

Meanwhile, 10 groups shaped to examine 75 personal hospitals within the metropolis Tuesday recognized nearly 650 sufferers who may very well be instantly discharged as they “did not need hospitalisation”, the Vadodara OSD stated.

“We held a review meeting with the hospital inspection teams. They have covered about 75 private hospitals in the last three days. About 650 patients were identified for discharge jointly by hospitals and our teams and all of these patients have started home-based Covid Care by Sanjeevani Raths (Vadodara’s campaign for home-isolated positive patients). This has curtailed the number of hospitalised patients in the last three days. The teams will cover the remaining hospitals over the next two days,” Rao stated.

The administration additionally held a gathering with the Chemists and Druggists Association to streamline the availability of Remdesivir injection and has communicated ideas from the association to cut back the prices of the injections to the state well being division.

The Vadodara administration, in the meantime, augmented beds for Covid sufferers at Gotri and SSG hospitals in a single day following a surge in demand. On Tuesday, towards the elevated capability of 650 beds, 552 sufferers had been admitted at SSG hospital. Nearly 100 of 250 ICU beds and 46 of 170 ventilators had been additionally vacant on the hospital. The B1 and B2 wards on the New Surgical Building at SSG hospital can even be utilised for Covid acre — 50 beds to be added by Tuesday and as many by Wednesday. “This will increase total capacity at SSG Hospital to 750 beds, and most of them will be with piped oxygen facility,” Rao stated.

District Collector Shalini Agarwal and Rao additionally visited the EME campus in Fatehgunj to establish the potential of establishing one other facility there. The administration additionally held a gathering with skilled engineers of L&T at Knowledge City to discover the potential of establishing an oxygen distribution community on struggle footing. “They have agreed to support us with expertise, manpower and funding. The activity is in a nascent stage,” Rao stated.