37,000 more beds for Covid patients soon to be available in AP
| Thursday | 29th April, 2021
Health minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas (Nani) has reiterated that there is no shortage of oxygen and emergency medicines in the state. He urged people not to panic as the government is readying 37,000 more beds to treat Covid-19 patients. He further said about 33,000 beds would be set up in about 60 Covid care centers soon.
Health minister Alla Kalikrishna Srinivas (Nani) has reiterated that there is no shortage of oxygen and emergency medicines in the state. He urged people not to panic as the government is readying 37,000 more beds to treat Covid-19 patients.
Nani held a review meeting on Wednesday to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the state.
“The call centre (104) would be strengthened and facilities at Covid care centers would be upgraded. We are fully utilizing 423 metric tonnes (MT) of oxygen allocated by the Centre to save critical patients. There is no shortage of oxygen anywhere in the state,” he said.
He added that only 260 MT of oxygen was consumed at the peak of the first Covid-19 wave last year.
“Consumption has almost doubled in the last few days due to increasing number of hospitalisations,” the minister said.
Principal secretary (health) Anil Kumar Singhal said district collectors have been directed to ensure better facilities at Covid care centres so that people do not insist on hospitalisation.
“Admission of only critical patients in hospitals would help save lives. We have revived even small oxygen plants in the districts to meet local demand. About 25 MT of industrial oxygen has been diverted for medical oxygen needs and we are also getting another 20 MT from the revived plants,” he said.
He further said about 33,000 beds would be set up in about 60 Covid care centres soon.
“There is no shortage of Remdisivir injections in the state. We have supplied over 30,000 vials to private hospitals and 25,000 vials to government hospitals. Private hospitals have been directed to route their indents through the drugs inspector,” Singhal added.
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