Health dept convenes meeting of representatives of hosps, IMA
The protocol for treatment of the suspected patients of the Coronavirus should be followed- Pandey
Stung by the occurrence of a suspected patient of Coronavirus in provisional state capital, the state health department has swung into action. The senior health officials of the state held a meeting with the representatives of the private hospitals, medical colleges and Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Friday. Presiding over the meeting, the secretary (in-charge) of medical health and family welfare department, Pankaj Kumar Pandey said that the protocol for treatment of the suspected patients of the Coronavirus should be followed. He informed about the guidelines released by the government of India about the disease and said that the hospitals should keep all the suspected patients of the disease on vigil and provide information about such patients. Pandey said that any patient who is having symptoms of common cold and he had returned from China after January 15 should be considered as suspected case of the disease and should be kept in isolation. When such a suspected patient exhibits more symptoms of the disease, a sample should be taken and sent for Coronavirus test.
Pandey said that every person coming from China or entering India from Nepal is being screened and the private hospitals too should be on alert mode. He said that if any suspected patient visits the private hospitals then they should follow the protocol and inform government. Pandey however added that misconceptions and unnecessary scare about the disease should not be allowed to spread in general public.
The Director General (DG), health services, Dr Amita Upreti said that the department has sufficient number of masks and other things required to combat the disease and when needed they can be provided to the private hospitals also. She said that no suspected patient of the disease should be declared as Coronavirus patient until it is confirmed by the authentic test and necessary secrecy should maintained about such patients. Dr Upreti clearly said that only the patients returning from China should be declared suspected and kept in isolation.
Meanwhile, the Principal of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC), Dr Ashutosh Sayana convened a meeting of doctors at his office on Friday. In the meeting the Principal took stock of the preparation of the GDMC hospital for Coronavirus.
First suspected patient at AIIMS Rishikesh
The first suspected patient of Coronavirus in Uttarakhand, a female medical student is kept under isolation and strict vigil of doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Rishikesh. The blood sample of the student has been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune for test of Coronavirus and the findings of the test are expected on Monday. The student, a resident of Dehradun has recently returned from China and had complained of fever and breathlessness. The family members of the suspected patient too have been kept under observation and they are advised by the doctors not to meet people.