Pressure mounts on hospitals even as AMC changes Covid testing policy

Written by Sohini Ghosh
| Ahmedabad |

November 12, 2020 11:43:58 pm

In the previous week, many of the days, over 160 instances have been reported in AMC limits and on Thursday, for the second consecutive day, it recorded over 180 instances of Covid-19.

As Covid protocols of social distancing and carrying of masks have been thrown to the wind by Diwali buyers thronging markets, Ahmedabad noticed a surge in instances, with hospitals coming below strain once more and demand for medical oxygen going up throughout Gujarat. However, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Thursday introduced a change in testing policy, decreasing the numbers. It notified that solely these with signs may take the fast antigen check in AMC services and people examined shall be marked with indelible ink.

On the opposite hand, the AMC gave in to fashionable sentiment and prolonged the time of functioning of fashionable procuring and eating hubs in 27 stretches of the town until mignight, in opposition to the sooner window until 10 pm. The choice got here on Wednesday, when Ahmedabad district reported over 200 Covid instances, the very best in two weeks.

In the previous week, many of the days, over 160 instances have been reported in AMC limits and on Thursday, for the second consecutive day, it recorded over 180 instances of Covid-19. AMC officers as properly as personal practitioners admitted that “cases are seeing a significant surge, since the past week”.

Ahmedabad-based radiologist Dr Asutosh Dave, who’s the president of Gujarat chapter of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association, and head of the division of radio prognosis at Gujarat Cancer Society, the place 400 beds have been designated for Covied sufferers, stated, “Increase in cases and decreased testing won’t help the community… In the past week, hospital admissions have increased and since Wednesday, AMC stopped referring patients for HRCT (chest CT scan)…”

Earlier an individual who examined adverse regardless of displaying signs, could be referred for a chest scan at AMC’s expense.
AMC well being officers as properly as standing committee chairperson at AMC, Amul Bhatt, attributed this restriction on testing to “an already stressed system of healthworkers and doctors” and “limited resources of hospital beds, testing kits and staffers”.
According to him, “long queues at testing kiosks along with staff shortage and limited testing kits” have been the first causes behind limiting testing.

As per the most recent ICMR tips of September, it was advised that fast antigen checks ought to ideally be used for testing “100% people living in containment zones… particularly in cities where the transmission of infection has been widespread”.

Across the state, per-day demand of medical oxygen went up on Thursday to 135 metric tonnes, in comparison with a median of 129 metric tonne consumption per day, final week. In September, when Gujarat was reportedly seeing a peak, medical oxygen consumption stood at a median of 241 metric tonne per day, in keeping with Food and Drug Control Administration Commissioner (FDCA) HG Koshiya.

Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS)-run civil hospital at Sola, noticed instances going up 3 times. Dr Pina Soni, medical superintendent on the hospital, stated, “There is fatigue among our doctors and health workers…we have seen an increase in Covid-19 cases. On November 1, we had 80 cases admitted, on November 9 it went up to 149, and as on today we have 207 patients admitted… there will also be burn victims once the firecrackers start.”

Of late, AMC has been including lower than 10 micro containment zones every day. According to a well being official working within the south zone, which ranks among the many prime three zones with the very best variety of instances, six short-term testing kiosks can be found within the zone, other than the 17 city well being centres.

According to the official, “People would want to get tested saying, ‘I’ve to go out of station’ or ‘my office has asked me to get tested’. Such demands become unreasonable… Current home quarantine rules say that even if one person tests positive from a single household, all members have to stay at home for 14 days…what is the point of testing such people then? It only creates panic and we see demands from asymptomatic positive patients who want to be hospitalised.”

With crowding at a number of spots within the metropolis, AMC well being division anticipates a surge in instances over the following weeks. Bhatt stated, “It is not possible for AMC teams to reach each and every shopping site… people must exercise self-discipline.” Officer on Special Duty on the AMC, Rajiv Gupta, and municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar didn’t reply to calls.

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