District administration directs NCH authorities for setting up 1,600 beds for the possible third wave of Covid infections in Surat.

Surat :  The district administration has directed the New Civil Hospital (NCH) authorities to make arrangements for 1,600 beds, enough ventilators, oxygen cylinders, ICU beds, and pediatric treatment, as the city and the district prepares for the possible third wave of coronavirus infections.

It is believed that the third wave of Covid infection is likely to hit the country by the end of August. Experts believe that there would be a sudden spike in the cases compared to the first and second wave of Covid infections.

District Collector, Ayush Oak held a series of meetings with the dean, medical superintendent and heads of various departments in the Government Medical College (GMC) and collected the required data related to the matters like oxygen supply, ICU beds, ventilators, general beds, pediatric treatment etc.

It must be noted that the NCH was not admitting the non-Covid patients during the second wave as the Covid-19 patients were treated in the main building.

The district administration has asked the NCH authorities to open up the stem cell building for the Covid positive pregnant women and set-up labour room, caesarian operation, operation theatre, NICU, PICU. Moreover, the NCH authorities have been asked to set-up the prisoner’s ward for treating the Covid-19 inmates.

A special instruction was given to the NCH authorities to ensure that they have enough oxygen supply to meet the demands. During the second wave, NCH had a daily requirement of 70 tones of oxygen for the patients.

Official sources said that the district collector has advised the NCH authorities for setting up a separate help desk for the Covid patients. The relatives of the Covid patients could enquire about their near and dear ones undergoing Covid-19 treatment at the NCH.