Pune: Increase rapid antigen testing in district, says Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh

Salil Urunkar
Monday, 24 August 2020

District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has ordered the administration officials to increase the number of rapid antigen tests conducted in the district

Pune: District Collector Dr Rajesh Deshmukh has ordered the administration officials to increase the number of rapid antigen tests conducted in the district especially those tehsils where the number of Covid-19 cases is found to be high.

The decision to increase the daily tests conducted in the district came after Dr Deshmukh toured the district to review the Covid-19 management situation and the administration’s preparedness. Dr Deshmukh’s emphasis was in Baramati, Indapur and Purandar tehsils.

Dr Deshmukh has said that the number of Covid-19 cases identified in the district will increase once the daily tests numbers shoot up. Anticipating this spike in the number of patients, the local administration has also decided to increase the number of hospital beds available for Covid-19 patients.

Baramati Tehsil Health Officer Dr Manoj Khomane said the increased testing will begin in next two to three days at the primary health centres. At present, there are 30 hospital beds at Rui, 72 at Silver Jubilee Hospital and 162 at Government Medical College.

“About 100 hospital beds will be available from Tuesday (August 25) in the hostel of Engineering College at Malegaon and its total capacity will be increased to 168 beds. It will accommodate mild symptomatic patients from Rui and Silver Jubilee Hospitals and asymptomatic patients from the Government Medical College and Malegaon,” Khomane added.

Silver Jubilee Hospital in Baramati and Rui Rural Hospital is playing a crucial role in the Covid-19 situation management in the region. Meanwhile, critically ill patients are being admitted at Baramati Hospital. The administration has also planned to increase the capacity of hospital beds here as required.

Dr Deshmukh along with Chief Executive Officer Ayush Prasad had visited the Government Medical College and Silver Jubilee Hospital in Baramati on Saturday (August 22) and reviewed the Covid-19 management and other work being carried out at the hospital. They also inspected the oxygen plant at the hospital.

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