Dr. GirdharGyani, a task force convenor of COVID-19 hospitals said in an interview, “We call it the start of Stage 3 but officially we have not declared that.”
Dr. Girdhar is a founder of the Association of Healthcare Providers. He was present at the video conference held with Prime Minister Mr. Modi on March 24. The task force hospitals set for the outbreak of COVID-19 is initiated by NITI Aayog which will help in dealing with the outbreak across the country.
Dr. GirdharGyani who is an engineer also holds a degree in Ph.D. Quality Management. The NGO started by his Association of Healthcare Providers actively takes part in guiding the government. It helps in advising to make the right policy for healthcare.
He further adds, “We are out of time to prepare the hospitals for COVID-19 patients. The outbreak can happen in Indian any day during future weeks. However, we also don’t have trained staff of medical.”
Stage 3 is the most serious and critical situation. This is the stage when an epidemic spreads at a faster pace. Therefore, it becomes hard to trace the source of the spread. Dr. Gyani says that the next 5-10 days are crucial in India. These days can help in controlling the spread of the virus. It is so because the asymptomatic people will start to show their symptoms.
Not Enough Testing Kits by the Government
The patients who show three symptoms in all like coughing, fever, and problematic breathing are being tested by the government. GirdharGyani says that “not testing patients with one should be changed fast.”
As of now till 25 March, there is an establishment of 118 testing labs in India. These labs collectively can test around 15,000 tests each day, confirmed by Dr. Girdhar. On the other hand, a total of 16 private testing labs are established as well and are in operation.
A meeting held with Prime Minister Modi, it is decided to convert government hospitals into coronavirus hospitals. It will be done with the help of private hospitals along with trained doctors and complete medical equipment.
He said, “The real challenge is to identify the COVID-19 hospitals and to train the complete medical staff including co-workers and medics.
“Earlier the decision was taken to vacate the hostels of medical colleges. But with the advice of Prime Minister is now decided to let the students remain there and they will be helpful in the times of emergency. The final year students will be given a bit of training and be deployed in COVID-19 hospitals. They will also be given certificates.”
However, there are some major problems that need to be solved within a short duration. These problems are setting up of COVID-19 hospitals in rural and urban areas with a minimum of 600 to 3000 beds.
Another thing which can create a problem is the transportation of ill patients. This needs to be solved immediately.
The first case of COVID-19 was reported on 30 January and by 28 March the confirmed cases have raised to 800-mark. People need to keep themselves safe indoors, updated and should not panic.