August 23, 2020
Coimbatore : Tamil Nadu Health Minister, Dr Vijaya Bhaskar Sunday inaugurated a plasma bank in the Government Hospital here, the second in the State after Chennai, to provide treatment to Covid-19 patients.
The Rs.25 lakh facility will help the Covid-19 patients to recover early Vijayabhaskar said.
The minister, along with Municipal Administration Minister, S P Velumani also inaugurated the renovated Artificial limb manufacturing centre at the hospital, for the benefit of accident victims, at a cost of Rs.50 lakh.
A photographer of a leading Tamil daily became the first plasma donor, even though a college girl student and two Army men had given their plasma for trial.
Later, both the ministers held a three-hour review meeting with the senior officials of health, revenue, police departments about the Coronavirus situation.
The meeting mainly discussed the steps to reduce the intensity of the virus, even as 6,112 special camps were conducted and 1,902 tested positive, Vijayabhjaskar told reporters.
Stating that the Government has plans to increase the bed facility in the district, which at present has 5,861 beds, as against 1.79nlakh beds across the State, he said that daily 4,500 persons on an average are undergoing tests daily.
The people should follow the guidelines even if they were travelling with E-pass and it was not possible for home quarantine, since there was no proper facility in majority of the houses, he said.
The minister also said that the private hospitals have been asked to upgrade the oxygen facility and also not to send the patients in the critical stage.
Asked about bringing down the death rate, Vijayabhaskar said that efforts are being taken to bring down the rate. However, majority of the deaths occured due to other ailments, he said.
The district collector, K Rajamanji, Health Secretary, Radhakrishnan, Corporation Commissioner, Sravankumar Jathavath, Police
Commissioner Sumit Saran, Government Hospital Dean, Dr P Kalidasu and ESI hospital dean, Dr Nirmala were among those participated in the meeting.