Bed strength at COVID Hospital stands at 200

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A view of the designated COVID Hospital in Margao.

Margao: The Margao-based designated COVID-19 Hospital has increased the bed strength to 200 on Wednesday, factoring in the surge  in COVID positive cases in the state.

The hospital had seen  an increase  in the bed strength  from 60 to 170, which further went up to 200 on Wednesday evening.

However,  despite the  increase in the number of beds, the hospital is yet to have a CT scanner, which comes in as a basic tool to examine  coronavirus-related pneumonia cases.

The hospital  is equipped with X-ray machines.

Speaking about the arrangements, deputy director of the directorate of health services Dr Ira Almeida said, “The bed strength has already been increased to 170, and by this evening we will be increasing it to 200. The beds that had been bought for the new district hospital will be brought in to increase the bed strength for the COVID hospital,” she said.

The hospital is also equipped with 16 ventilators, which  play a crucial role in preventing deterioration of a patient’s condition.

Hence oxygen masks are kept near beds connected to oxygen supply.

“There are 16 ventilators at the hospital. To treat coronavirus, the main requirement is of oxygen. So we have oxygen supply to around 100 beds. Depending on the requirement, we can  ramp up  this also,  if required,” Dr Almeida explained.

On the absence of a CT scanner at the COVID Hospital, Dr Almeida, who is also the medical superintendent of the Hospicio Hospital, said that if required,  the CT scanner  from the Hospicio could be used.

In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane congratulated  doctors and senior health officials for increasing the bed capacity at the COVID Hospital.

He also hailed the  work of doctors, nurses and all the frontline staff in fighting the deadly virus.