From 4,000 beds to AIIMS consultant, Here's Goa's response plan for the third wave of Covid-19

Goa has been witnessing a massive surge in Covid-19 infections, with the active caseload tally breaching the 2000-mark. To tackle the third wave, the Goa government has prepared a grand response plan.
From 4,000 beds to AIIMS consultant, Here's Goa's response plan for the third wave of Covid-19

Over 4000 beds have been prepared for Covid patients in view of the surge in the fresh Covid-19 infections in Goa, Director of Health services Dr Ira Almeida said on Tuesday, January 4, adding that "a grand response phan" has been put in place.

"We have 4,000-plus beds in government and private sectors together. We have eight, oxygen-producing plants, liquid medical oxygen and enhanced cylinder capacity. This time we are ready," she said.

The super-speciality block at the Goa Medical College (GMC) that will be used exclusively for Covid patients has around 830 beds available.

"GMC has around 830 beds of which 30 are paediatric beds. Once 50 per cent of occupancy is reached, both district hospitals will be activated as Covid hospitals. North Goa will function in a hybrid mode with 100 beds and South Goa will function from the old hospital premises where there will be 200 beds. The new South Goa hospital has 150 more beds. North Goa district hospital has 100 beds. When district hospitals reach 50 per cent occupancy, we will active ESI hospitals and then the sub-district hospitals and primary health centres, respectively. We don't want to withdraw services to non-covid health concerns," Dr Ira said.

Dr Ira further said that ICU facilities will be available at GMC and 18 beds will be available at the new South Goa District Hospital.

DHS also engaged an AIIMS ICU consultant to handhold the authorities during the ICU admission of severe cases

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