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TMH: Covid testing gets a boost, new machines procured

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74 deaths reported in four days

Jamshedpur: Leading health hub, Tata Main Hospital ( TMH) has decided to ramp up Covid testing facilities. The hospital has procured advanced machines to conduct faster RT-PCR tests. The equipment are on a trial run and soon it will start conducting tests for patients.

Addressing a teleconference on Tuesday, Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel said that the hospital is adding to its facilities to cater the growing needs. “ We have procured new machines to conduct faster RT-PCR tests. With these machines the hospital can conduct 1200 RT-PCR tests daily. Trail tests are being conducted right now,” said the advisor.   

He also informed that the hospital is also setting up a new Liquid Oxygen Plant in association with Linde. This will further enhance smooth oxygen supply at the hospital.        

Meanwhile,  the Covid-19 situation in the city is worsening every passing day with 74 deaths being reported at TMH in just four days. Out of these 46 people who died were above 60 years of age. A total of 63 those who died were from East Singhbhum, 8 from Seraikela Kharswan, two from West Singhbhum and one from Ramgarh.

Dr Choudhry said that the hospital is well equipped with facilities but the rate of admission is very high. In the last four days, 204 people were admitted.

The hospital is conducting more than 1500 Covid tests daily and the average positivity rate is 48.93 per cent, which is very high in terms of spread of the virus. Last week it was 39.64 per cent.

Dr Choudhry informed Tata Main Hospital (TMH) that the hospital is also focussing on vaccination drive. The hospital has so far administered 40385 vaccines.

Dr Rajan Choudhry, advisor, medical services, Tata Steel informed that 58 doctors, 122 nurses, 54 para-medical staff and 66 other staff are down due to Covid.

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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