20-bed isolation ward in Ranchi hospital for foreign returnees | Ranchi News

Ranchi: In order to prevent a mass transmission of the new Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus, the Ranchi Sadar Hospital opened a separate isolation ward on Thursday evening for foreign travelers who are expected to arrive in the state capital in the coming days.
After the Omicron tribe was discovered in Karnataka, health officials rushed to set up the 20-bed unit on the top floor of the hospital building.
“Foreign travelers who come from the risk countries are isolated here for a week on arrival and tested for Covid-19. If they are negative, they will be placed under a 14-day home quarantine, ”said Ranchi civilian surgeon Dr. Vinod Kumar, opposite TOI.
In addition to the isolation ward, the hospital has reserved 150 beds for Covid-19 patients after a possible increase in cases was expected.
Like the Ranchi Sadar Hospital, the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences is also expanding its Covid-19 infrastructure. At the height of the fatal second wave, the hospital had just over 1,100 Covid-19 beds.
“As the number of cases decreased, the reserved beds were opened to accommodate patients with other complaints. By the end of last month, 120 Covid 19 beds were available in the newly built trauma center. But now, according to a letter from the State Health Office, another 320 beds are being prepared in the hospital’s parking garage, ”said a senior doctor in Rims.
Up to 150 medical teams were squeezed into Ranchis Birsa Munda International Airport, the train stations of Ranchi and Hatia and the three interstate and interdistrict bus terminals in the state capital. “These health teams collect samples in three shifts,” added Kumar.
However, health authorities are facing a shortage of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) and Virus Transport Media (VTM) kits. While RAT kits provide instant results, VTM kits are used to collect samples for RT-PCR testing.
“We are currently collecting 8,000 samples a day and the number is expected to increase in the coming days. But we are facing a crisis with RAT and VTM kits, ”said a senior health official.


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