Health min TS Singh Deo instructs to increase testing capacity to 40,000 a day

Health min TS Singh Deo instructs to increase testing capacity to 40,000 a day

Raipur: Health minister TS Singh Deo has given instructions to test 40,000 samples per day in view of increasing cases of corona infection in the state besides instructing to increase number of beds with oxygen facility in Covid hospitals.

He gave the instructions chairing a meeting held here on Wednesday at State Level Covid-19 Command and Control Center to review progress of corona vaccination and arrangements being made to control Covid-19 in state

The health minister directed officials concerned to encourage citizens above 45 years of age in large numbers to get their vaccination done in the third phase of corona vaccination programme starting from April 1 and to ensure all necessary arrangements by increasing the number of vaccination sessions in line with the target. A target has been set to vaccinate 58.67 lakh people of this age group in the state.

Deo reviewed the facilities available at Covid Hospitals and Covid Care Centers, Home Isolation System, Oxygen Supply, ICU and HDU facility, vaccination preparations as per the new target and contact tracing of the infected for the treatment of corona infections. He directed to take action on violation of protocol by patients being treated while in home isolation. He also inquired about the progress of four new virology labs being set up in Korba, Mahasamund, Kanker and Korea.

Health Department Additional Chief Secretary Renu G Pillai, Secretary Shehla Nigar, Commissioner Dr CR Prasanna, Director of Health Services Neeraj Bansod, National Health Mission Director Dr Priyanka Shukla and Managing Director of CGMSC (Chhattisgarh Medical Service Corporation) Karthikeya Goyal were also present in the meeting. 

Corona vaccination officer in charge Dr Priyanka Shukla told in the meeting that a total of 18.62 lakh doses of Corona vaccine have been given so far in the state. Over 10.43 lakh citizens above 60 years of age and people with comorbidity from 45 years to 59 years have been given first dose of vaccine. Besides, 2.89 lakh health workers have been given the first dose of vaccine against Covid-19 and second dose to 1.84 lakh. Similarly, 2.26 lakh frontline workers have been given the first shot and 1.18 lakh have been given second shot. An average of 30, 588 samples have been tested daily in the state between March 24 and March 30 to for identification of corona infection.