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Officials in Coimbatore set off to face the third wave of Covid

Officials in Coimbatore set off to face the third wave of Covid

Covid third wave

The district administration is working on a war footing to put in place necessary health infrastructure to face a possible spike in Covid-19, especially Omicron, cases.

With the possibility of a third Covid wave looming large, it seems that the district administration and the health department don’t want to compromise on the preparatory measures.

Coimbatore was one of the worst affected districts in the state in the second Covid wave last year. Officials said the lessons learned in the second wave would help them face another wave in a better manner.

A district administration official said they were reviving Covid care centres in the city and the round-the-clock Covid control room at the collector office. “Also, bed and oxygen availability in hospitals is being reviewed and steps are being taken to increase the same.

” District collector  G S Sameeran had instructed the private hospitals to allocate 10% of the total beds to treat Omicron patients under the chief minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme.

Dr Daraz Ahmed, director, national health mission, Tamil Nadu, inspected both the Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital and the ESI Hospital on Tuesday. He is the monitoring officer for the district.

After inspecting the arrangements for treating Omicron cases at the hospitals, he also visited Covid care centres and Triage centres in the city. Expressing satisfaction over the arrangements, Daraz said about 78% of the eligible population was fully vaccinated in the district and the inoculation drive was underway for the population in the age group 15-18 years.

There was, meanwhile, an increase in Covid cases in the district in the past two days. The district recorded 120 fresh cases on Tuesday, up from 105 on Monday. However, health officials said the daily caseload needed to be monitored for at least a week to 10 days to see if there was an upward trend in positive cases.

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Deputy director of health services Dr P Aruna said the district hadn’t seen the formation of any Covid clusters in the recent days and the fresh cases were scattered across the district.

People must wear masks and avoid unnecessary travel. Also, Vaccination will help develop antibodies. Malls, commercial places and recreational facilities should ensure access only to fully vaccinated people.


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