New Delhi: The Minister of the Union for Health and Family Care, Dr. Harsh Vardhan suggested on Friday (April 10) that special COVID-19 hospitals be set up in each district of the country and notified as soon as possible so that people could be informed.
In a press release, he said that detailed guidelines for which category of health care professional should use which category of PPE are available on the ministry’s website (www.mohfw.gov.in) and that states are raising awareness of their rational use have to.
“The government is working with States / UTs to take several steps to prevent, contain and control COVID-19 in the country. These are regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level,” he said during a video conference to review measures and readiness for the COVID- 19-Management with health ministers, general secretaries / health secretaries of all states and UTs in the presence of MOS for health and family care Ashwini Kumar Choubey.
In particular, a video was uploaded to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzB5krucZoQ&feature=youtu.be that highlights the appropriate use of PPE in various areas of hospitals
The government has announced a 15,000 rupee sanction for the India COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package. These funds can be used to treat COVID-19 patients and strengthen the country’s medical infrastructure, with a focus on COVID-19, the statement said.
The package will increase the number of COVID-19 test facilities and can be used to purchase personal protective equipment (PPE), isolation beds, intensive care beds, respirators and other important medical devices, and to train medical and paramedical personnel.
39 domestic manufacturers have been developed for personal protective equipment (PPE) and the Indian government has taken all necessary measures to ensure adequate supply of PPE to our frontline workers in all states. The statement goes on to say, “Around 20.4 lakh N-95 masks have been delivered to the states and additional purchases have already been made to meet future needs. An order for 49,000 ventilators has also been placed and will become one Inventory for future requirements. “
The ministry has also issued guidelines on blood transfusions and voluntary blood donations to ensure an adequate supply of blood and blood components, especially for patients for whom blood transfusions are a life-saving measure. The guidelines can be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/NBTCGUIDANCEFORCOVID19.pdf
Against the forecasted need for hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) from 1-Crore tablets (including health care professionals dealing with COVID-19 patients, critical cases and high-risk contacts), the availability is now 3.28 Crore tablets, which is Triple equivalent to required for domestic use in the country. In addition, about 2-3 crore more were added, it said.
Online training courses on pregnancy and work management have been included by AIIMS as part of their webinars and are also available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJwgi1LCu8o&feature=youtu.be
As of now, the test capacity is expanded to include 146 government laboratories, 67 private laboratories with more than 16,000 collection points. On April 9, 2020, approximately 16002 tests were taken, of which 320 were positive (approximately 2%). However, this number varies from day to day depending on the samples taken.
The statement also states that technical requests related to COVID-19 can be emailed to Technicalquery.firstname.lastname@example.org and other requests to email@example.com. If you have any questions about COVID-19, you can contact the Ministry hotline number: + 91-11-23978046 or 1075 (toll-free).
A list of state / UT helpline numbers can also be found at https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/coronvavirushelplinenumber.pdf.