No shortage of Covid beds in Dimapur: H&FW clarifies

KOHIMA, MAY 17 (NPN): | Publish Date: 5/17/2021 1:46:36 PM IST


Govt ready to set up make-shift hospital if needed

Admitting the surge in Covid-19 positive cases in Dimapur district, health & family welfare (H&FW) principal director (PD) Dr Neikhrielie Khimiao has, however, clarified there was no shortage of beds so far. 

Speaking to media persons at his office chamber here on Monday, he also claimed that healthcare facilities like community health centres (CHCs), primary health centres (PHCs), sub-centres, etc, in all districts were also ready to provide medical treatment to Covid-19 patients. 

He claimed that healthcare workers in Dimapur district were managing the situation comfortably thus far. He said all private hospitals in Dimapur were extending their support to the government’s overall efforts, adding that the government would support them with oxygen supplies and concentrators when the consignment arrives.

Khimiao asserted that the department was fully prepared to go ahead in setting up makeshift hospitals to tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases in the State. 

Commenting on the overall Covid-19 scenario in the State, he remarked that cases might have slightly increased in some districts, but admitted special emphasis was given to Kohima and Dimapur districts considering the surge in cases in these two districts. 

He informed the media that Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) had started functioning as Covid-19 hospital from Monday. On alternative arrangements for non-Covid patients, he assured that this would be done like last year during the first wave of pandemic when private hospitals were requested to assist in management of general patients like medicine or surgery-related.

He assured that the State government would come out with measures like last year during the first wave of Covid-19 for poor patients, whereby those enrolled under Ayushman Bharat would be able to avail free treatment from empanelled hospitals or get reimbursements.

On reports of third wave of Covid-19 pandemic, the PD pointed out that, as per World Health Organisation, vaccination was the best weapon to combat the virus and hence vaccination would have to be carried out on a massive scale. He stressed that the people would also have to strictly follow Covid-appropriate behaviours.

On Covid-related deaths, he said all the cases might not be confirmed unless a thorough overview was done on the patients dying in the districts.

To a query on shortage of doctors in some health centres, he admitted that during the recent reshuffle, some doctors were transferred out without relievers. Hence, he said the H&FW department decided to fill up such vacancies with the newly-recruited doctors in all the districts.

Mentioning that though the department had not worked out the total budgetary requirement, Khimiao said sanction was received from the State government for clearing the previous deficit and current requirement.

He said reports were being collected from the districts, after which the department would decide on the equipment that required to be purchased.

Given the magnitude of the current situation, he said Rapid Antigen (RAT) were best, and claimed that the State currently had 8,000 RAT kits, while additional 15,000 RAT kits were received on Sunday from the Government of India.

He said the department would work out the modalities on how to distribute these kits to the districts.


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