UP to set up more testing centres, will pool patients


By: Express News Service | Lucknow |

Published: April 8, 2020 5:47:09 am





“The government is already working to boost the manufacturing units of PPE, N95 masks, triple-layer masks, thermal analysers, ventilators and other equipment,” the CM mentioned and urged individuals to use cotton masks and preserve social distancing. (File picture)
With the variety of coronavirus instances in Uttar Pradesh rising to 332 and almost half of the whole 75 districts affected by it, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday mentioned that the federal government is ramping up the variety of COVID-19 testing centres within the state, together with on the district degree. He additionally instructed officers to begin pooling of patients from districts the place just one or two coronavirus patients have been admitted to guarantee higher use of medical assets.

Stating that for 23 crore inhabitants of the state, it’s essential to strengthen the testing amenities additional, the Chief Minister mentioned: “In Uttar Pradesh, for the past 4-5 days, there has been a rise in the number of cases… Every step is being taken by the state government in association with the Centre to stop the spread of the infectious disease. There are 24 government medical colleges in the state. In 10 of these, we have testing labs. Instructions have been issued to upgrade them, and in 14 medical colleges where there is no testing facility for COVID-19, the testing facility will be established.”

At current, there are 10 testing laboratories within the state.

“In UP, there are six divisional headquarters, where there are no government medical colleges. The state government will establish testing laboratories in these districts. The laboratories will be set up in Gonda, Mirzapur, Bareilly, Moradabad and Aligarh. In Varanasi division, there is a laboratory in BHU hospital, but we have started the work to establish a testing lab in a hospital there,” he added.

According to the CM, cash from the “COVID Care Fund”, set up by him, will be used to increase testing and remedy amenities. “The government is already working to boost the manufacturing units of PPE, N95 masks, triple-layer masks, thermal analysers, ventilators and other equipment,” he mentioned and urged individuals to use cotton masks and preserve social distancing.

He mentioned requested individuals to “accept the lockdown in a disciplined manner”, emphasising that it was essential for higher well being and secured way forward for the individuals.

Meanwhile, he instructed officers to start pooling of coronavirus patients for higher use of well being infrastructure. “It has been witnessed that for a couple of patients, the entire medical system of the district gets affected. Thus divisional commissioners have been ordered that in districts where one or two coronavirus positive patients are admitted, they should be moved to better-equipped hospitals. A decision has been taken to start pooling of patients at the divisional level so that medical resources are better utilised. Moreover, it would save other medical staff from chances of getting infected as well,” Principal Secretary (Health) Prashant Trivedi advised mediapersons.

The authorities has additionally determined to take over some buildings like group centres and lodges, adjoining the hospitals to home asymptomatic patients who will want medical doctors there solely. Trivedi mentioned that the step would assist in rising the variety of isolation beds by 10,000 within the state and would scale back the burden on the primary hospital. “So far, we have noticed that 75 per cent of the coronavirus infected people did not show any symptoms,” Trivedi added.

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