In Bengal, pvt hospitals must increase their facilities

STRENGTHENING its efforts to control the spread of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus, the West Bengal Department of Health and Family Welfare on Monday ordered seven private hospitals in Calcutta to strengthen their infrastructure to ensure timely and quality treatment of patients. international travelers tested positive for Covid -19 on arrival in the state capital.

The private hospitals that have been mobilized are AMRI Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Belle Vue Clinic, Woodlands, Calcutta Medical Research Institute, Charnock Hospital and Fortis Hospital. Hospitals were briefed on the plan at a meeting on Monday chaired by West Bengal Secretary of Health Sanjay Bansal and Director of Health Services Dr Ajoy Kumar Chakraborty.

West Bengal has recorded five cases of Omicron so far and most of the suspected cases have a history of international travel. Health officials have formulated the plan in anticipation of international travelers who may prefer to be isolated at a private medical facility in case they become infected upon arrival.

Sources said the state government identified Beliaghata ID and BG Hospital in Kolkata as the hub hospital for Omicron patients and suspected cases. In the event that a traveler wishes to stay in a private hospital, they will be transferred to one of the seven selected hospitals.

The five Omicron cases detected in the state are being treated at AMRI Hospital, Fortis Hospital, Medica Superspeciality Hospital, Woodlands Hospital, and ID and BG Hospital.

The department has also ruled that all international travelers suspected or found infected with Covid-19 will need to be kept in isolation in a hospital until they test negative for Omicron.

If found to be infected with Omicron, patients will need to be isolated from other Covid-19 patients due to the highly contagious nature of the variant.

Meanwhile, all Covid hospitals have been ordered to create three separate isolation zones – one each for regular Covid-19 patients, suspected Omicron cases, and confirmed Omicron patients.

State Department of Health guidelines state that once genome sequencing detects the Omicron in a patient, the patient should be kept in isolation until they receive two RT- reports. PCR negative within 48 hours. Even after the negative report, Omicron patients will have to remain in mandatory home isolation for the next seven days.

According to a bulletin released by the health department on Monday, West Bengal has registered 439 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the state’s number of cases to 1631,065. , there are 7,433 active cases in the state. Of these, 6,614 are in home segregation and 152 are in safe homes.

The districts with the highest number of Covid-19 cases are Kolkata (204), North 24 Parganas (77), South 24 Parganas (28), Hooghly (26) and Howrah (26). West Bengal’s death toll from the disease reached 19,726 on Monday, as the state reported 10 more deaths.

All Covid-19 labs in the city will be required to send samples from Covid-19 patients to areas under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Municipal Corporation, Salt Lake, and Rajarhat New Town with a Cycle Threshold (Ct) value of less than 30 must be shared with the Calcutta School of Tropical Medicine on certain days.

Labs were also asked to share details about the tested person’s vaccination doses, their travel history in the past 14 days and why they are getting tested.