DIMAPUR, MAY 19: There appears to be a disconnect in the communication between the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) and the COVID-19 management team in Dimapur, led by Nodal Officer Y Kikheto Sema.
On May 18, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio had issued a message saying, among others, Dimapur will get a new 176-bed COVID hospital.
At a press conference in Dimapur on Wednesday, Kikheto was asked which new COVID hospital the Chief Minister referring to.
“Yes, we have also come across it in the newspapers,” he said while suggesting that Rio could have been speaking about the 100-bed COVID Hospital being built at the Institute of Hotel Management.
“Because according to yesterday’s discussion (video conference with the CM), one big plan is also coming up at CIHSR but that is going to take more than 45 days,” he said. The Chief Minister could have been talking about the number of beds that would be available within this week once the Hospital at IHM is completed and some more beds from private hospitals are taken into account, he said.
The question was put to the Nodal Officer after he had listed the number of COVID beds currently available in Dimapur, and announced that the 100-bed COVID Hospital at IHM would be functional next week.
There was no mention of the 176-bed hospital. According to him, there are 296 COVID beds operational in the district currently, which they are targeting to increase to 335 within this week.
Out of the 296 beds, 40 are in ICU while 192 come with oxygen-support. He said that the Dimapur team had inspected IHM and Dimapur Government College earlier, and decided to establish a 100-bed COVID Hospital at the IHM. It could be further increased to 300 beds, he added.
Kikheto also informed that 118 people have died of COVID so far this year. Last year, the death toll was 40. He said that the number of deaths in Dimapur was very high because “people from other districts are also dying here”.
According to him, the Government will be requesting retired medical practitioners for help in order to mitigate shortage in workforce.
The Deputy Commissioner of Dimapur, Rajesh Soundararajan informed that 89% of COVID cases in Dimapur this year were symptomatic patients in need of oxygen support, which is perilously in short supply across the country.
Till date, the DTF has supplied 50 oxygen cylinders to various private hospitals in the district. “That is what we have given them so far. And they also have their own stock besides the ones we have provided,” he informed.
Faith Hospital has received 10 D-type and another 10 B-type oxygen cylinders, Nikos Hospital has been provided with 5 each of both types, Eden Medical Centre has received 10 D-type cylinders, while Zion Hospital and Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research have been given 5 each of D-type cylinders.
At the same time, District Hospital Dimapur has in stock 144 D-type cylinders and 266 B-type cylinders. It also has 50 oxygen concentrators while Faith Hospital has been provided with 10.
Besides, the Chief Medical Officer’s establishment has 65 D-type cylinders (50 received from Jorhat, Assam), 30 B-type cylinders and 15 oxygen concentrators.
The DC further informed that the commissioning of PSA oxygen generation plant at Dimapur has been completed and sample sent for testing to Delhi. He was confident of enhanced oxygen availability in the district.
According to him, the need of the hour is creation of extra COVID hospitals in the district due to the high number of symptomatic cases. He informed that almost 90% of passengers arriving at Dimapur Airport have tested negative for COVID-19.
He also said that workforce for the tents set up by the Army, known as triage area, outside some private hospitals in Dimapur is provided by the respective hospitals.
Further, the DC requested the public to report to the DTF if private hospitals were charging more than the prescribed rate for COVID test.
(Page News Service)