Chennai, Dec 27 (BPNS)
Tamil Nadu health minister, Ma Subramanian has called upon the state government hospitals to ensure that they are prepared for any Covid -19 surge and to report on their preparedness to the state health department in 24 hours.
The minister was speaking to media persons after inspecting the mock drill on Covid -19 preparedness at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai on Tuesday. He assured the people of the state that the state had adequate beds and storage of oxygen and that there was no need for any panic.
It may be noted that the Union health ministry had directed all the state governments to conduct a mock drill to ensure the availability of hospital beds, oxygen concentrators, and liquid medical oxygen tanks.
The minister said that the Union health ministry had given an advisory to the state health departments that government medical college hospitals, district hospitals, taluk, and non–taluk hospitals were instructed through the health secretary to have a proper assessment of their infrastructure and report back to the state health department.
Ma Subramanian said that Tamil Nadu was reporting fewer than 10 Covid-19 cases a day for the last 20 days and added that there were 51 active cases in the state in the last 24 hours. The central government advisory is following the rise in the number of Covid -19 cases in countries like China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, France, Italy, Germany, and Brazil.
He also said that since December 25th, the state health department had conducted tests on persons directly or in transit from China, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong who have reached Tamil Nadu airports. He said that of the around 500 international travelers tested- two percent random testing, no one tested positive for Covid -19.
The minister said that there were 1, 75,291 hospital beds in Tamil Nadu –both in government and private sector. He said that of this 1,14,471 were earmarked for Covid -19 patients.
He also said that the present Oxygen capacity in the state was 1954 metric tonnes and added that the requirement of Oxygen during peak Covid -19 was only 400 metric tonnes and said that there was no need for panic for the people.