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The Department of Health’s action plan to deal with the third wave

Thiruvananthapuram: A high level meeting chaired by Health Minister Veena George has been convened to effectively tackle the third wave of Corona. An action plan has been formulated to be implemented in the event of a third wave. The minister said that besides increasing the medical facilities in the hospitals, efforts should be made to vaccinate as many people as possible and make them safe.

The participation of private hospitals will also be ensured. The goal is to vaccinate two to two and a half million people daily. It needs to be vaccinated. The facilities and staff should be increased. The registration drive will start for ordinary people who do not know how to register. The minister also directed that the vaccine should be administered on Sundays and other public holidays.

The intensity of the second wave is declining as a result of effective government intervention and lockdowns. Currently, only 47 percent of the beds reserved for Corona are patients. But ahead of the third wave, the government will set up more beds in private hospitals. The number of oxygen beds, ICUs and ventilators will also increase.

The aim is to increase the daily production to 60 metric tons to avoid oxygen shortage. Allotted oxygen plants should be completed as soon as possible. KMSCL has been directed to procure medicines, equipment, test kits and safety equipment in advance.

The Department of Health has formulated and is implementing a surge plan as the third wave will affect children as well. Medical facilities in medical colleges, other government hospitals and private hospitals will be augmented. Pediatric facilities have been up and running since last Monday. Expert training has also started. Pediatric ICU The minister also directed to increase the number of beds.

ICU Employees should be given professional training from time to time. Infection control training should also be provided to protect health workers.

The number of people passing the covid from one family member to another is increasing. That is why family members need to be very careful. Those who are not at home will be transferred to Corona Care Centers. Special awareness will be given focusing on the high risk group of the elderly and the critically ill due to increasing mortality. Particular attention should be paid to Corona positivity in the homes of such people.

The meeting discussed the current situation in the districts, district level preparations and what needs to be done next. At the district level, a report on the existing facilities in hospitals and what is needed now should be submitted by tomorrow. The Minister also directed that no program should be organized in health institutions without following the Corona norms.

Principal Secretary, Department of Health, Dr. Rajan N. Khobragade, N.H.M. State Mission Director Dr. Ratan Khelkar, KMSCL M.D. Dr. Balamurali, Director, Department of Health; R. Dr. Ramesh, Director, Department of Health Education; A. Ramlabeevi, Additional Directors, Deputy Directors, District Medical Officers, District Program Managers and District Surveillance Officers attended the meeting.

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