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States Preparing to Fight Covid-19 – Here’s All That You Need to Know

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Several states have announced a lockdown, even taking to the point of curfew to ensure adherence to the norms. Moreover, the healthcare infrastructure within the states is now being spruced up on war footing to combat the worst-case scenarios. Here is a quick take on the action being taken across several states to fight Covid-19. This is based on information reported by various media outlets and as put out by official twitter handles of state governments.

Karnataka

The Karnataka government has been extremely proactive in preparing for the exigency.

  • One hospital in every district now stands dedicated for coronavirus patients.
  • Also, 1,700 bed public hospital is being converted into a special Hospital for this purpose specifically.
  • Moreover, the Karnataka government has placed an order for 1,000 ventilators dedicated for Corona patients.
  • On top of this, ₹200 Crore fund towards immediate expenses to contain virus spread has been sanctioned by the state government.
Gujarat

Gujarat is leaving no stone unturned to prepare for handling a possible barrage of cases.

  • Infection Control Hospitals being set up at four locations – Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot And Vadodara.
  • A 1,200-bed hospital in Ahmedabad will be exclusively handling Covid-19 cases. The state has also added one more testing lab to its existing two laboratories, thus creating a capacity to test 200 samples in a day.
Uttar Pradesh
  • 1,268 isolation beds have been arranged across the state in private and government hospitals exclusively to deal with Covid-19.
  • Additionally, 5 laboratories have been set up across the state with the help of the Central Government for the testing of coronavirus.
  • On top of this, the state government announced a major relief package to help the unorganized workers and daily wage laborers of the state.
Haryana

Haryana government has been acting very aggressively to prepare the issue.

  • Two laboratories — one in Rohtak and another at Sonipat have been set up for Covid-19 testing.
  • Additionally, PGIMS Rohtak has also been designated as tertiary care centre for treatment of critical suspects.
  • Additionally, there are also 298 isolation wards in government and private health facilities with a capacity of 1,328 beds to deal with any contingency.
  • The state has also identified quarantine facilities in all the districts, thus creating 553 rooms that can accommodate 3,071 people at a time. Additionally, beds have been made available with private facilities across the state.
Kerala
  • A ₹5,000 crore health package was announced by the state government to tackle coronavirus outbreak in the state.
  • The Government Medical College in Ernakulam has become Kerala’s first coronavirus treatment centre.
  • The government plans to take over empty spaces in Private buildings, private colleges and residential apartments to isolate suspects.
West Bengal
  • A Sports stadium in Howrah in the Kolkata suburbs has been converted into a quarantine centre.
  • Also, a 100-bed isolation ward has been set up at the state government run Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General Hospital in Kolkata.
  • Additionally, a 50-bed isolation is up and running at the RG KAR Medical college.
Maharashtra
  • Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has ensured 89 isolation beds at 10 private hospitals across Mumbai.
  • The state has added 7 more testing laboratories, taking the total number to 10.
  • This includes the ICMR approved 4 private labs in the state including Thyrocare, Suburban Diagnostics and Metropolis Healthcare.
Tamil Nadu
  • The state government has allocated ₹60 crore to a fund to deal with this issue.
  • Newly-constructed buildings and unused spaces are being turned into isolation wards in Chennai.
  • On top of that, 3 major government medical college hospitals in Chennai are swiftly ramping up isolation wards. So far, the state has a total of 2,069 isolation beds.
Bihar

The state government is evolving its strategy based on the situation. So far, it has prepared a 500-bed isolation ward in Patna’s IGIMS institute. It has also instructed all village guards to identity people with symptoms and report them immediately.

Punjab
  • 2,200 quarantine beds have been prepared across the state to deal with the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • Further, it has been reported that 250 ventilators in private sector hospitals and 20 ventilators each in the Government Medical College in Amritsar and Patiala are available.
  • A group of ministers is taking stock of the situation on day-to-day basis and working to ensure the availability of requisite medicines, availability of medical and paramedical staff and setting up of adequate quarantine wards across the state to isolate the suspected Covid-19 cases.
Telangana
  • The state has set up four quarantine centres, and has made available 321 ICU beds along with 240 ventilators for the Covid-19 infected patients.
  • A ₹500 crore fund has been kept at the disposal of the state Chief Secretary, and a Task Force with officials from Health & Medical, MAUD, Panchayat Raj and Police departments has been formed to coordinate activities within the state.
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