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COVID-19 Hospital Task Force Convener Says," India May be in Stage 3"
The convenor of a task force on COVID-19 hospitals, Dr Girdhar Gyani said, “India has entered stage 3, which is community transmission, it is the beginning of this stage,” in an interview with the quint.
COVID-19 Hospitals Task Force: 'India Now in Stage 3' Said Doctors
New Delhi: The convenor of a task force on COVID-19 hospitals, Dr. Girdhar Gyani said, “India has entered stage 3, which is community transmission, it is the beginning of this stage,” in an interview with the quint.
The founder of the Association of Healthcare Providers, Dr. Girdhar Gyani had attended a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 24 March. The meeting had included other healthcare professionals.
In order to combat the coronavirus outbreak in the country, NITI Aayog had created this task force on COVID-19 hospitals, among a couple of other task forces.
Dr. Gyani is an engineer who holds a Ph.D. in Quality Management. His NGO – the Association of Healthcare Providers – actively advises the government with policy-making around healthcare.
Stage-3 which is Community Transmission is the most critical and sensitive stage during an outbreak. At this stage, a pandemic can transmit fast in the community and it gets difficult to trace the original source. Dr. Gyani said that the coming five to ten days would be essential to control the coronavirus pandemic because all those who are asymptomatic now, might start showing symptoms.
“We are running short of time in preparing COVID-19 hospitals as the outbreak in India can happen any day in the coming weeks and we do not have enough trained medical staff and COVID-19 hospitals yet,” he further added.
He also remarked that the government is still following the old stringent policy when it comes to conducting coronavirus tests, and this needs to change urgently.
"The government is testing only those who have all three symptoms together, coughing, breathing problem and fever. If the patient is having only one of the symptoms then they will not be tested" said Dr. Gyani. He also added that " Government doesn't have enough testing kits"
Dr. Gyani pointed out that the government needs to restrategize and test everybody with mild to serious symptoms not only those showing all the symptoms if the government is serious about breaking the chain of transmission.
118 testing labs are established by the government, which have a capacity to conduct 15,000 tests every day, said Dr Gyani. Apart from this, 16 private labs are also operative while more are being added every day.
Dr. Gyani stated, "The challenge to my mind is that first, we have to identify COVID hospitals and then train nurses and medics and co-workers. Some medical college hostels were asked to vacate. To that, the prime minister said why should they vacate, in fact, the final year students should remain in the college so that they can help during emergencies. The final year students can be given a certificate and deployed in COVID hospitals with a little bit of training.”
When The Quint asked regarding How many hospitals would be required in India, Dr, Gyani answered that "Let’s say we have a 3 crore population of Delhi, we said we should keep at least 3,000 hospital beds ready. And separate COVID-19 centres would also be required for those who are to be kept in quarantine or those who have recovered from the coronavirus infection. Such centres can be made by converting guesthouses and hostels".
When questioned “How does the government plan to handle villages and small towns?” Dr Gyani answered,” In a place like Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh, keeping in mind the population, one would need 600 beds. But there are no 600-bed hospitals – only small hospitals exist. So one has to pool so many hospitals together. And one has to ensure that proper transportation arrangements are done to shift patients. That is one important exercise and this is one of the recommendations I have made.”
India’s first active case of COVID-19 was reported on 30 January. As of 28 March, the active cases in India have crossed the 800-mark.
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