Also, a new app would be utilised for tracing and testing suspected patients. Corona call centre SR Nagar would be made fully operational to provide telephonic medical advic.
Two high-level meetings were held by health minister Eatala Rajender on Saturday — one to take stock of the overall pandemic situation, while another was video conferencing with district health authorities to take stock of testing and treatment scenario.
The new app, meanwhile, has been designed to send instant SMS via mobile to contact persons of Covid-19 positive patients to alert them for rapid antigen testing and guide them to the nearest primary health centre. Meanwhile, the health minister has appealed to citizens to undergo Covid-19 tests even if they have mildest symptoms and if they have come in contract with any patient.
During the meetings, it was decided to convert all hospitals that provided corona treatment in the past into full-fledged corona hospitals.
Corona wards in 33 district centres would be ensured and staff availability of doctors, nurses, sanitary staff, patient care workers, medicines and oxygen has been mandated 24 hours a day at these centres. Also, liquid oxygen tanks have been installed in 22 hospitals, the minister said assuring that patients on ventilators would not have any problems.
The minister said that around 60,000 Covid-19 tests are being done every day and the number of RT-PCR tests will be increased further. He asked district health officials to work in coordination with the municipal authorities in the GHMC area and superintendents of district hospitals and take all measures to reduce deaths.