In view of shortage of staff in the medical health and family welfare department, the Uttarakhand Government is planning to temporarily attach the Ayurvedic and Homoeopathic medical officers and paramedical staff to the medical health and family welfare department. During this period these officers and employees would report to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of the districts concerned. The health department would also provide a short training to these personnel so as to make them prepared to combat COVID-19 and second the allopathic doctors.
In a letter directed to the chief secretary of Uttarakhand, the secretary health, Nitesh Jha has said that the health department of Uttarakhand faces shortage of staff and in the wake of the situation created due to the spread of COVID-19, the department of medial health and family welfare needs augmentation in its staff.
Meanwhile no new case of the disease was reported by the health department on Thursday. The director general (DG) state health services, Dr Amita Upreti informed that reports of swab samples of 30 suspected patients was received by the department on Thursday and all them were found negative. The department collected 40 samples of the suspected patients from different hospitals of the state on Thursday. So far 323 swab samples have been sent for COVOD-19 test and reports 273 were found to be negative and five positive. The reports of 45 samples are awaited.
In view of increasing number of suspected patients of the disease the administration of Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) hospital here has decided to set up a 50 bed isolation ward for the suspected patients of COVID-19. The beds in this special ward would be kept at a distance so that the chance of infection of disease is obliterated. On Thursday, the Principal of GDMC, Dr Ashutosh Sayana inspected the old building of the hospital where the new isolation facility would be set up. The hospital administration is also planning to convert other wards of the hospital into isolation facility. It is pertinent to mention here that the GDMC hospital has been converted into COVID-19 treatment centre. The hospital is having only the flu OPD and other OPDs are closed. Four COVID- 19 patients are presently admitted in the Corona ward of the hospital and many other suspected patients are admitted here.