COVID situation evolving, need for hospitalization may change rapidly: Health Secretary

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Rohit Shishodia

Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan has said that the current COVID situation is evolving and dynamic and the need for hospitalization may change rapidly.

In a letter to all the states and union territories on January 10,2022, Bhushan has said that during the second surge of COVID cases in the country, it was seen that the percentage of active cases that need hospitalized care were in the range of 20-23%.

“In the present surge 5-10% of active cases have needed hospitalization so far. The situation is dynamic and evolving, therefore, the need for hospitalization may also change rapidly,” he added.

“All the states and UTs are advised to keep a daily watch on the situation on the total number of active cases, cases under home isolation, number of hospitalised cases, cases on oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilatory support,” Bhushan said.

He said that while states and UTs have initiated steps for setting up of jumbo health facilities, temporary hospitals etc it must be appreciated that both healthcare and human resources have their limitations. Therefore, it is important to converse with healthcare workers by initiating staggering wherever possible and by restricting elective procedures in the hospitals, Bhushan advised.

Bhushan said that states may ear-mark different categories of beds in private clinical establishments for COVID care in collaboration and active consultation with their management.

“It must be ensured that the charges levied by such health facilities are responsible and there is a mechanism to monitor and initiate action in instances of overcharging if any.  Upgrade COVID care center beds to Oxygen Supported Beds wherever is required,” Bhushan pointed out.


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