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Jamshedpur hospitals run out of beds as Covid cases continue to rise

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Jamshedpur, April 19: With bed occupancy reaching over 100 percent in most of the Covid hospitals in the city, the patients are left with no choice but to suffer. Family members of the patients were seen running for beds from pillar to post but in vain.

Meanwhile, concerned over the situation, the district health department has started increasing beds in Covid wards in hospitals on a war-footing as the positive cases of Coronavirus continue to rise in the steel city.

Presently, there are 650 beds in Covid wards in the hospitals, the maximum number of beds being 478 are managed by Tata Main Hospital. TMH has started operating 478 Covid beds out of these 328 beds comprising 54 ventilator beds are at the hospital premises while rest 150 are at GT Hostel 4.

The district health department is trying to set up 500 more beds in the Covid wards at both the government as well as private hospitals as all the beds are filled up.

” We are keeping an eye on the prevailing situation and are going to increase the number of beds in all the hospitals with support of the management of the hospitals concerned. Beside ensuring an increase in the beds at the hospitals having Covid wards, we are also trying to get Covid wards introduced in the few more hospitals, ” said AK Lal, district civil surgeon.

During the past 24 hours, about 700 positive cases were detected out of 4,567 samples tested both under RT-PCR and Rapid Antigen Test. On Monday alone 14 employees of District Headquarters were tested positive.

The health department has embarked on a massive Covid test drive in the public places, especially focusing Telco, Kadma and Sonari areas of the city from where a maximum number of cases are being reported.

An official said at present most of the COVID cases are emerging from within the city limit and are resulting in contact with the infected people.  He pointed out the number of COVID cases is increasing fast and even the workers employed in big industries are being tested positive.

The district administration and its health wing have intensified the war against coronavirus in the face of a spike in the deadly disease in the district.

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