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Uttar Pradesh to get 50000 additional beds

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed health officials to arrange 50,000 additional beds in Level-2 and Level-3 hospitals where serious coronavirus patients are admitted.

The beds in the hospitals are classified into three categories— Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3. While Level one and two beds are for patients exhibiting mild symptoms, Level three beds are meant for graver infections. While hospitals catering to Level one patients have facilities for oxygen support, those catering to Level two patients have a few ventilators in addition to oxygen support. Level three hospitals have ventilator support as well as ICU facilities for the patients, besides having provisions for dialysis.

The chief minister said the district magistrates would be held responsible for the smooth functioning of Integrated Command and Control Centres in every district.

And patients on home isolation should be called twice from these centres to know about their health, with alertness to break the chain of coronavirus.

A couple of days back, Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad had made a detailed plan of arranging 100,000  beds in the state. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Kumar Awasthi had said, that this was being done in the wake of migrant workers returning home. At present, the state has 56,019 isolation beds in 324 dedicated COVID hospitals and out of which 1,881 are occupied.

The CM has also ordered setting-up of testing labs in each of the 75 districts, and increase the daily number of tests to 10,000. The CM has also called upon local health officials to work towards readying a portable ventilator in the state itself, rather than procuring them from outside, that approximately cost Rs 12-14 lakh a unit.

The state’s infection tally stands at 97,362 and the death toll at 1,778, the Uttar Pradesh Health Department said in a statement.

MB Bureau

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