Jamshedpur :The district administration has commenced a central control room amid a sudden spike in positive cases. The control room has various 10 phone lines for communications meant for receiving and relaying information related to the latest status of vacant beds in Covid hospitals across the district.
“We have asked private Covid hospitals to share information about vacant and engaged beds. The hospitals are already updating their bed status with us. This information will help the rural population too to get a pinpointed location of a hospital where they can get admission,” said an official.
According to a district administration source, the demand for updated information regarding bed availability was raised by people’s representatives and some officials during the Covid review meeting at the office of the divisional commissioner.
The control room comprises senior officials of the health department. The team members will meet daily in the evening to also monitor the storage and transportation of the vaccine. He went on to inform that the room has been at the forefront of compiling COVID-19-related data.
“The team has been given different sets of responsibilities, it will become easier for them to focus on specific challenges and take up the matter during the meetings,” said another official.
He informed all members of the Control Room will meet every week and plan the future course of action in the vaccination programme. The members of the control room will also identify various challenges in running the immunization programme.
Amidst severe crisis of beds in the city, an 80-bedded Covid care facility has been introduced at Medica Super speciality hospital at Bistupur. All the beds are equipped with an oxygen supply. The new facility was inspected by Health Minister Banna Gupta on Tuesday.
Located at South Park in Bistupur, Kantilal Gandhi Memorial Hospital was referred as Medica Hospital since September 2014 when the Kolkata-based hospital chain signed a deal to manage it. However, with the end of the contract the hospital management decided to wind up. In view of shortage of beds the hospital has been revived.
District administration has also plans to take the number of dedicated beds for corona patients to 1000. Currently the district has around 600 dedicated Covid-19 beds ready but with the number of cases rising every day the administration needs to have additional beds.