Thursday, December 7, 2023

TMH: 71 Covid deaths in four days, 226 new patients admitted

Jamshedpur: The Covid-19 situation in the city is worsening with every passing day with 71 deaths being reported at the leading health hub, Tata Main Hospital ( TMH) in just four days. On an average 16-19 deaths are being reported at the hospital every day. Sixty per cent of deaths are only because of coronavirus.

Addressing a teleconference on Tuesday, Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel said that the city is facing turbulent times with 226 positive patients being admitted in four days.  The hospital is well equipped with facilities but the rate of admission is very high. The hospital is running with 100 per cent occupancy rate.

The hospital is conducting more than 1500 Covid tests daily and the average positivity rate is 39.64 per cent, which is very high in terms of spread of the virus. Last week it was 36.75

Dr Choudhry informed Tata Main Hospital (TMH) that the hospital is also focussing on vaccination drive. The hospital has so far administered 36607 vaccines which comprises 5640 double doses. To contain the COVID-19 pandemic, the Government of India started the COVID Vaccination programme on 16 January 2021.  The hospital is also preparing itself to start a vaccination drive for 18 years and above from May 1.

Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel informed that 250 heath workers of Tata Main Hospital are down with Covid. Out of these there are doctors, nurses and other health staff. The hospital is facing a crisis of its workforce and in order to compensate for the shortage of health staff, they are taking help from non-medical volunteers. He said that the hospital is also planning to appoint new doctors in the next few weeks.

Talking about ways to stop the spread of the virus, the advisor said that it’s time to start wearing masks inside homes to prevent Covid-19. He said that even the Union Government has said that when sharing common spaces inside a household, people should wear masks and wash their hands properly, in view of the more infectious second wave of the coronavirus. He reiterated it’s time people started wearing masks inside their homes as well to keep the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) at bay.

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