From Our Bureau                       

25TH MAY 2020

A total of 1,38,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the country so far and the death toll mounted to 4,021 on Monday. The number of cases under active medical supervision now is 77,103.

So far, a total of 57,721 patients have been cured. In the last 24 hours, 3,280 patients were  cured. The total recovery rate is 41.57 percent.

Through a graded, pre-emptive and pro-active approach, Government of India is taking several steps along with the States/Union Territories for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level.

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, visited the Dedicated COVID-19 Health Centre (DCHC) at Chaudhary Brahm Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan (CBPACS), Najafgarh, New Delhi. He reviewed the arrangements at the Centre for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The Minister also interacted with the team of doctors and enquired about the well-being of COVID-19 patients. He sought their feedback about the facilities available at the COVID-19 Health Centre and the results of treatment by Ayurvedic medicines.

After interaction and inspection of the various facilities of the Centre, Dr. Harsh Vardhan expressed satisfaction with the working of CBPACS DCHC. He said that the spirit, enthusiasm, courage and efforts taken by whole team of CBPACS to be the first Ayurveda hospital of India in providing care to the COVID positive patients on the basis of principles of Ayurveda is praiseworthy.

CBPACS is playing an exemplary role in providing care to COVID patients through Ayurveda across India. “It is heartening to know the positive feedback of the Covid-19 patients here”, the Health Minister stated. He congratulated the whole team of CBPACS for their tireless efforts and leadership to put Ayurveda on forefront of the COVID-19 response and management.

“Ayurveda is a traditional medicinal knowledge source from India and there is huge potential in it. Its inherent strength in holistic healing and well-being is being put to good use in treatment of the COVID-19 patients at this DCHC. This knowledge and experience will surely prove beneficial to people all over the world, especially in combating the battle against COVID-19,” he said.

Recalling India’s response to COVID-19, he said the country has today 422 government laboratories and 177 private laboratory chains. The testing capacity has also been ramped up and, as on date, around 1,50,000 tests can be conducted every day. The previous day, 1,10,397 tests were conducted, taking the total to 29,44,874 tests.

“Adequate healthcare infrastructure and facilities have been set-up across the country for COVID-19 management. These have been divided into three categories viz. Dedicated COVID Hospitals (DCHs), Dedicated COVID Health Centres (DCHCs) and COVID Care Centres (CCCs) with adequate number of isolation beds, ICU beds and other facilities,” he pointed out.

“A total of 968 Dedicated COVID Hospitals have been identified across the country with 2,50,397 Beds (1,62,237 Isolation Beds plus 20,468 ICU Beds); 2,065 Dedicated COVID Health Centres with 1,76,946 Beds (1,20,596 Isolation Beds plus 10,691 ICU Beds); and, 7,063 COVID Care Centres with 6,46,438 beds,” he added.

“The country is now making sufficient number of N95 masks and PPE through the ramped up domestic manufacturing sector, and the requirements of the States are being sufficiently met,” he explained. States/UTs as well as Central Institutions have been provided with around 109.08 lakh N-95 masks and around 72.8 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Talking about the status of containment of COVID-19 in the country, Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, “Prior to lockdown, on 25th March, 2020, the doubling rate was 3.2 when measured over a period of 3 days, 3.0 when measured over a period of 7 days and 4.1 when measured over a period of 14 days. Today, it stands at 13.0 over a 3-day window, 13.1 over a 7-day window and 12.7 when measured over a 14-day window. Similarly, the Fatality rate stands at 2.9 percent while Recovery Rate has improved to 41.2 percent. Clearly the situation has improved due to lockdown. This also reflects on the quality of healthcare being provided to the COVID-19 patients.”

Till date a total of 201 patients have been admitted in the CBPACS Centre. Of these, 37 patients have been cured and 100 patients have been advised home isolation. 19 patients have been shifted to Specialty hospitals on review of their medical condition. There has been no casualty in this Centre.

Out of total capacity of 270 beds, 135 beds are prepared for intake of COVID-19 patients strictly maintaining all the norms and guidelines issued from time to time regarding care of patients with asymptomatic, mild and moderate symptoms. The 135 beds are spread over 6 wards at ground and second floor of the hospital.

The Union Health Minister was apprised of the management of COVID-19 patients and the triaging and segregation of areas as per the requirement. A special COVID taskforce comprising of senior cadre faculty constituted under the chairmanship of Director – Principal, CBPACS reviews the treatment and management of the COVID-19 patients.

At CBPACS, a holistic approach is observed for treatment of COVID-19 patients following protocol of Ministry of AYUSH. In addition to the Ayurvedic and herbal treatments, the holistic approach also includes yoga, meditation, pranayam, etc. (eom)

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