In an advisory issued on Monday to all medical superintendents-cum-vice-principals of medical colleges and chief medical officers of health across the districts, has directed hospitals to organize test runs of all equipment and MGPS system to check their functional readiness.
They have also been asked to check availability and supply of oxygen/cylinders. “In this respect, it may be noted that oxygen cylinders for Covid hospitals will be on same terms and conditions as have been done in the past,” said the advisory.
Hospitals have also been asked to review their stocks of PPE, masks and other protective gear. Availability of all categories of manpower have also been sought to be reviewed. But the advisory mentioned that deployment order should be issued only if more cases are reported in future. Agencies for supply of diet, biomedical waste disposal, cleaning and other essential services have also been asked to be put on alert. Most Kolkata hospitals have seen a steady rise in the number of Covid patients over the last 10 days. At some private hospitals, the number has doubled. “We have seen 3-4 admissions a day since Thursday. This is significant and if the current rate continues then we may have to re-convert some non-Covid beds. We are ready to do that since the Covid set-up has not been dismantled but merely set aside,” said Peerless Hospital CEO Sudipta Mitra. At RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences that had 130 Covid beds till December, now has 40.