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CM inaugurates Covid facility at Cancer Institute

LUCKNOW: The state capital got an additional 100 Covid beds on Tuesday after chief minister Yogi Adityanath inaugurated a dedicated Covid facility at the Cancer Institute. The CM inspected the hospital and directed officials to ensure that facilities are in place. The Cancer Institute is a Level-3 arrangement with oxygen and ventilator facility. Admission of patients also started from Tuesday.
Additional chief secretary (information) Navneet Sehgal said, the 500-bed DRDO hospital would also be made operational shortly. “There were some issues regarding shortage of staff at the hospital and this has been resolved,” he said.
Another 250-bed hospital set up by HAL will also be operational shortly and the health department has been asked to arrange for human resource. KGMU is in the process of adding 140 beds.“We have to double the current capacity of beds in all districts. The medical education minister should ensure this at the ministerial level,” the CM said.
He added that each Covid hospital should appoint two nodal officers. While once will take regular rounds and ensure no patient is left outside the facility, the second official will be in charge of letting a patients’ families know about their status at least once a day. The health minister has been asked to ensure this arrangement.
Asking officials to ensure that monitoring committees were active in rural areas, the CM said, the sooner the treatment for Covid-19 starts, the quicker is the recovery. Monitoring committees should try and identify those affected by Covid by regularly visiting houses in their areas, in both rural and urban centres, he said, adding enforcement of mandatory use of masks should be continued.
District administration officers said, two critical patients requiring ICU facilities were admitted in the cancer hospital on Tuesday itself. The centre will be operational with full capacity soon. Admissions will be done through Integrated Covid Command Control Centre, they added. Officers also said, a 255-bed dedicated Covid hospital will also be started in Haj house soon.

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