Concerned over increasing bed occupancy in the city hospitals, the district health department is working on plans to convert quarantine centres in and around the steel city into COVID wards.
The health department has started preparation for converting quarantine centres into COVID ward in view of a large number of people turning out to be Coronavirus positive while the number of beds at the designated COVID Hospitals is limited.
District civil surgeon, RN Jha held a meeting of the health department officials at his office in Khasmahal over the issue of fast rising cases of COVID-19 and how to accommodate the surging patients in a limited health care facility for the COVID.
“We are looking for more such centres so that we are prepared to meet any such challenge. The situation is control right now but we are taking every step to ensure safety. So far we have nearly 2000 bed quarantine facilities in different blocks of the district. Still we want to keep some places in our hands for quarantine facilities in case of emergencies,” said an official.
The district civil surgeon said after an elaborate discussion with the officials who include district surveillance officer, AK Lal reached at a conclusion to convert some of the quarantine centres into COVID ward.
" At present there are over a dozen institutionalised quarantine centres in Jamshedpur. We have planned to look into the buildings where such quarantine centres have been set up and if then we may convert some of the quarantine centres into COVID ward where we will put asymptomatic COVID patients. If the condition of any of such asymptomatic patients deteriorates and eventually he or she is required to put on a ventilator, then we may shift such patients to either Tata Main Hospital or Tata Motors Hospital immediately," said Jha.
“ We are taking every possible step to combat challenges posed by coronavirus. We have asked the district officers to come up with quarantine centres across the district so that patients can be kept isolated,” said Ravi Shankar Shukla, deputy commissioner. Isolation centres have come up in several places in the city but the idea is to ensure such places in rural areas too.
The administration has urged people to cooperate with the district administration in preventing the possible spread of coronavirus. The communiqué said that people should not move out of homes unnecessarily, they must use a mask, wash their hands regularly with soap or use a sanitizer. Do not spit here or there.