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Omicron: Going to OPD, will be tested; Chandigarh’s Sector 48 hospital on standby | Chandigarh News



CHANDIGARH: The threat of new Covid variant Omicron has spurred the city to decide rapid antigen test (RAT) be conducted for all OPD and admission cases at Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, and sub-district hospitals in sectors 22 and 45 and Manimajra. Those symptomatic will undergo RT-PCR test.
In case of asymptomatic patients, the doctor may insist on an RT-PCR test. Covid testing will start at health and wellness centres also for OPD patients.

The steps were decided during a review meeting held on Monday by health secretary Yashpal Garg and attended by director health services, GMCH director and other senior doctors from GMSH and PGI.
“PGI should increase Covid testing for patients coming for admission and in OPDs. The testing data should be timely uploaded on the portal,” Garg said.
Another decision was in case occupancy at GMCH reaches about 80%, the Sector 48 hospital with 121 oxygenated beds (including 17 ventilator beds) will be opened. “Similarly, GMSH is ready with a sufficient number of ventilators and oxygenated beds. Special arrangements have been made in Sector 45 hospital for children with sufficient number of ventilator beds,” Garg said.
The health department claimed critical medicines suggested by the ministry of health have been procured and buffer stock available.
Regarding oxygen supply, two new PSA oxygen plants of a capacity of 800 LPM had been recently installed at GMSH and GMCH. Both will be functional by the third week of December. Three mini Covid care centres temporarily closed could be revived with a notice of two or three days.

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