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AIIMS building in Haryana's Jhajjar will be used to treat Covid-19 patients

'The hospital has 800 beds. 60 private labs have registered so far to conduct COVID-19 tests,' says Balram Bhargava
  • 'There are several Indian nationals who are willing to come back to India from virus-hit countries. We need to isolate them,' says ICMR DG
  • ICMR DG Balram Bhargava (Photo: ANI)Premium
    ICMR DG Balram Bhargava (Photo: ANI)

    New Delhi: There will now be separate hospitals for treatment of Covid-19 in India, ministry of health and family welfare said on Sunday. The decision was taken at the meeting convened by the cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday morning, officials said.

    “This will be a better idea to treat people suffering from Covid-19 in designated hospitals. We have identified National Cancer Institute under All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for Covid-19 ,which is a 800-bed hospital in Haryana's Jhajjar," said Balram Bhargava, Director General at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi and Secretary, Department of Health Research, a division under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

    The health ministry said that it is currently focussing on breaking the chain of transmission of the virus. While the country is stepping up for identify, test, isolate and treat the patient, the government has ordered over 1,200 more ventilators for an emergency preparedness. The government also said that the Centre has advised the states to discontinue services other than essential services ranging from health, daily food items and essential movement.

    “We need to stop the movement of people because we need to stop the chain of transmission. We have offered states all the financial help whichever is required during the lockdowns, if needed it may be extended. It is important to impose some restriction. said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, ministry of health and family welfare.

    Meanwhile, the government has been testing samples for Covid-19. According to the ICMR, in last one week the apex research agency has tested 5,000 samples. “We have increased the government laboratories to 111, while at least 60 private labs have been registered," said Bhargava.

    “The coronavirus is very strong in term of transmission. There are several Indian nationals who are willing to come back to India from virus-hit countries. We need to isolate them, then only it will be possible to break the chain of isolation," said Balram Bhargava.

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    Published: 22 Mar 2020, 05:33 PM IST
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