Friday, May 21, 2021

Befitting measures taken by Administration to deal with COVID-19; Health Services has upgraded its steadfastness

TMI Correspondent

 Port Blair, May 19: The A&N Administration has taken several measures to bring under control the number of COVID positive cases in these Islands and to effectively deal with the situation, all necessary infrastructures have been provided. The per capita doctors availability in A&N Islands is the highest in the country, as there is one doctor for 1152 patients which is better than the national average of one doctor for 15,011 patients. This was stated by Secretary, IP&T, Shri Sunil Kumar Singh while addressing a COVID-19 media briefing held in the conference hall of IP&T on May 18. Elaborating on the number of beds per 1000 population, he said, 3.22 beds per 1000 population are available in the Islands. Altogether, 6376 beds have been created for the COVID patients and it is being used as per the requirement, he said adding that the number of total COVID beds having oxygen supply is 68.83 % which is also the highest in the country.

The Secretary further disclosed that the Islands have sufficient number of Oxygen Concentrators and Oxygen Cylinders. "We have 40 ventilators here and considering the number of cases we have in our Islands, the ventilators are also sufficient in number", he said. The COVID tests per million done in the Islands is also highest in the Country. The vaccination percentage of 45+ has reached to 98.81 and only 1209 under this age group persons have not taken the vaccine. The strength of doctors available in A&N Islands is 347. Due to these timely measures taken by the A&N Administration we are having the lowest number of COVID cases in the country and our COVID positivity rate is just 1.75 percent.

The Secretary said that with the active support of all stakeholders including medical fraternity, Administration, Police, Press and general public, we to a large extent have been able to control the number of COVID cases in Isles but lot more needs to be done. The Secretary also called upon the Islanders to have faith in Doctors who are tirelessly working to save lives.

The Secretary informed that there is no COVID positive case in Nicobar as of now. However, the A&N Administration is taking all steps to strengthen the infrastructure facilities in Nicobar District. Altogether, 24 bedded COVID facility has been set up and in addition to this, the Tribal Council of Nicobar provided 30 handmade beds. The Secretary thanked the Tribal Council for the help provided to A&N Administration.

The Director, ANIIMS, Dr. AK Mandal informed that a roaster for 100 doctors has been created dividing them into 6 wards and there will be 3 doctors in 3 shifts in every ward. Apart from this, a roaster has been prepared for all the paramedical staff too. This will be on a rotational basis and the shift will change every week, he said. He said Oxygen Monitoring Committee has been formed which will monitor the requirement of the oxygen and they will also audit the oxygen supply. The delay in the autopsy has been minimized to 2 to 3 hours now from the earlier 6 hours, he said.

The Director, Health Services, Dr. Omkar Singh informed that as per the protocol for the COVID patients, 80 percent COVID infection is mild in nature which can be treated at home with some medicines and precautions, while 15 percent people need oxygen support and only 5 percent people who become serious, needs ventilator support. He said there are patients who are in home isolation and they should not feel isolated. To take care of them, there are 10 to 12 doctors camping in DC Office from where they enquire about the condition of the patient time to time and the patients have been provided medicine kit also. The basic thing the patient should do is to take sufficient rest, keep themselves hydrated and always watch the saturation for which the District Office has provided pulse oximeter too.

The Director further stated that the Administration is having 400 Oxygen Concentrators and order has been placed for another 1500 Oxygen Concentrators. About the discharge of the patients after recovery, the DHS said that the Govt. has clearly said that if the patient is asymptomatic for three days he can be discharged from hospital and there is no need to test him further for COVID. It has been observed that even after discharge from Hospital some patients need oxygen support. For such patients, oxygen concentrators are provided to the patients so that he can use it staying at home. Altogether, 4 patients are being provided Oxygen Concentrators as per the advice of the doctors, the DHS said adding that excess use of oxygen without the knowledge of the doctors will damage the lungs.

The Nodal Officer, COVID, Dr. Avijit Roy said that the Administration has received 9070 doses of vaccine for inoculation of the same for 18+ beneficiaries. The Govt. has allotted 10,100 doses of vaccine as second quota for 18+ which will be received soon. As per the availability of vaccines in regular intervals we will increase the number of beneficiaries, he added. The online registration for the vaccination through CoWIN portal has already begun today. The vaccination for 300 registered beneficiaries will be done at JNRM from 9.30 am on May 19, 2021, he said.

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