Nagpur: The district administration is making elaborate plans to tackle the expected third wave of the Covid-19 pandemic. The administration predicted about 1.21 lakh of active cases in the district at the height of the third wave.
The administration has submitted proposals to the government for the budget provision of Rs178 crore, including Rs115 crore for Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC). This included a provision of around Rs5 crore – Rs4.39 crore for NMC – for the storage of essential Covid-19 drugs.
Nagpur District Administration under collector R Vimala and health officials have developed a Covid preparedness plan. It will be reviewed weekly in accordance with state government guidelines issued for the creation of infrastructure and supplies 1.5 times more than what was needed during the peak of the second wave.
The plan is mainly to expand the availability of beds in more government facilities, increase oxygen supply, drug storage, adequate skilled labor under expert guidance and other logistical support. for proper operation.
Vimala said most pressure swing adsorption (PSA) oxygen plants would be ready by October 31. “We now have an oxygen supply capacity of 500 metric tons. By October 15, PSA’s oxygen plants in Kamptee and Government Medical College and Hospital would also be ready, ”she said and added:“ The government has released some of the funds we are offering. and more are expected in the coming days.
According to the projection, there will be 80,115 active cases in the city during the projected peak of the third wave and another 41,271 in rural areas.
35% of active cases (42,485) are expected to be hospitalized. The administration plans to create access to government facilities for about 50% of inpatients – about 7,222 in rural areas and 14,020 within NMC boundaries.
The administration aims to create at least 850 ventilated beds (4% of total hospitalizations) and the same number of unventilated beds.
Creation of 6,798 oxygenated beds and 12,746 non-oxygenated beds also on the program.
In accordance with the plan, 423 ventilated beds (20 existing) and 493 other oxygenated (120 existing) are offered to AIIMS where 1,262 different types of beds would be installed.
In addition, it is proposed to convert six buildings of three government hostels into Covid Dedicated Health Care Centers (DCHC) with oxygenated beds. Non-oxygenated beds would be installed in four other homes.
Plans are ready to increase the capacity of the 825 existing beds in 12 Covid Care Centers (CCCs) to 3,620 beds in 35 CCCs.
We learn that four additional DCHCs have been offered within the boundaries of the NMC, in addition to the 200-bed pediatric hospital already planned on the premises of Nagpur University. NMC would also have walk-in oxygen centers for mild and moderate cases.
Dr Anup Marar, president of the Vidarbha Hospital Association, said the second wave showed there was not enough preparation for the screening. “From now on, the authorities must make arrangements for oxygen, drugs and consumables and the associated logistics. Reduce bureaucracy and audit problems so that all hospitals can focus on their work instead of going through paperwork, ”he said.
District health official Dr Deepak Shelokar said regular reviews and coordination meetings are underway.

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