With the spike in Covid-19 cases on a regular basis, the district administration is augmenting the number of beds, manpower and facilities at government hospitals in the city and at area hospitals across the various mandals.
More and more testing facilities are the need of the hour while doctors once again reiterated people to follow Covid-19 guidelines to check the viral spread and mortality. More importantly, doctors also called for opening up the vaccination drive to those in the 18 to 45 age group, better availability of vaccines, and an increase in manufacturing.
District Collector V Vinay Chand said the Covid-19 vaccine is being administered to 25,000 beneficiaries in a day in the district. The number of beneficiaries given the Covid vaccine in a day has increased from 14,000 to 25,000 in three days. The number will be increased further in the coming days.
The collector said action plans are being evolved to curb the spread of Cvoid in the district effectively. There is a need for additional medical staff to ramp up Covid testing, he said and sought the approval of the government to appoint staff.
Holding a meeting with medical and health officials earlier, the collector said all government hospitals in the district should be fully geared up to treat Covid cases 24×7 and help desks should be set up in the hospitals. He also enquired about the availability of the specialists, nursing staff, sanitary workers and other staff in KGH, VIMS, chest hospital, district hospitals at Anakapalle and Paderu and area hospitals at Narisipatnam and Aaraku. He also enquired about the status of beds, medicine stocks, ambulances, oxygen supply and other equipment necessary for the treatment of Covid cases in these hospitals.
Meanwhile, Vizag recorded 298 new cases on Wednesday as against 258 on Tuesday, according to the AMC Principal Dr PV Sudhakar. The daily count is the highest in the district in the past six months. There are 1,902 active cases on Wednesday as against 1,774 cases on Tuesday. Speaking to Hello Vizag, Dr Sudhakar, Covid-19 Nodal Officer for North Andhra said “at present, around 1,600 beds are available in the district for Covid-19 patients while 85% to 90% are mild or asymptomatic cases and are in-home quarantine.
In addition to this, a home isolation monitoring centre has been set up at Andhra Medical College with 40 faculty and staff members for complete monitoring of covid-19 patients who under home isolation based on test reports and alert ANMs and ward volunteers
Dr KVV Vijaya Kumar, Medical superintendent at the Government’s Hospital for Chest and Communicable Diseases (GHCCD), said that while symptoms of the disease are more or less similar but the severity of coronavirus virus has increased, indicating new strains or variants of the virus. Due to this, some patients, irrespective of their age or co-morbidities, are getting hypoxia in no time and are succumbing, he added.
Many doctors underscored the need for up-gradation of testing facilities with more labs, kits, and manpower. At present, only RT-PCR testing facilities are available at AMC and few other private labs. Due to the delay in test results through this system, doctors have suggested the restoration of TrueNat testing and addressing the paucity of lab technicians. Stating further, Dr Vijay Kumar said while Covid cases are spiralling, instead of depending only on time-consuming RTPCR tests, where results are often delayed, we request the central government to restore TrueNat tests.”