Oxygen, beds, Remdesvir top priorities: Chouhan

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has said that arrangement of oxygen, adequate bed and Remdesvir injection are the top priorities of his government.

“The situation of availability of oxygen is fast becoming normal. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also been requested for oxygen supply. Whereas 130 metric tonnes of oxygen was available in the state on April 8, it has now increased to 336 metric tonnes on April 16,” he said, adding that “it will be 445 metric tonnes by April 20 and 565 metric tonnes by April 25. Adequate tankers are being arranged to bring oxygen from Bhilai, Bokaro, Rourkela, Jamshedpur etc. In districts where the number of patients is high, oxygen will be delivered quickly”.

He was addressing a video conference focused on corona infection control from his residence. In the video conference, Medical Education Minister Vishwas Sarang, Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Prabhuram Chaudhary, Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains, Additional Chief Secretary Health Mohammad Suleman, Additional Chief Secretary Transport S.N. Mishra, Director General of Police Vivek Johri and other officials were present.

Chouhan said that orders for 50 thousand Remdesvir injections have been issued. 20 thousand injections are being provided by Sun Pharma and 3 thousand by Mylon Company. Injections will also be obtained from Cipla, Zydus, etc. Besides, more than one lakh injections are being arranged.

“The total number of beds in government and private hospitals has increased to 38 thousand 626. Arrangements are being made for 150 beds at Academy of Administration, 300 at Hamidia Hospital, 300 at Chirayu and 500 beds at AIIMS.”

Chouhan said that a comprehensive testing system, providing test report in 24 hours, supervision of patients living in home isolation by the doctor from command and control centre through telemedicine twice a day are being ensured and a medical kit is being compulsorily made available to patients.

This system is being strengthened further in view of the increasing infection, he said.

He said that nodal officers to be appointed in government and private hospitals and at district level to make arrangements for beds in all major government and private hospitals and to provide information to the general public.

“Necessary arrangements will be developed for the Covid affected people to get required guidance and information about hospitals easily. The Minister in-charge at the district level will coordinate this arrangement.”

The Chief Minister also said that feedback will be taken from public regarding Covid Care Centres. (PR)

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