Central team raises concerns over inadequate facilities to tackle COVID-19 pandemic in Bihar
By Dheeraj Sinha
Patna: The Central team, led by Union Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, currently on visit to Bihar to make on-the-spot assessment of situation arising due to coronavirus pandemic, has raised its concerns over low testing, inadequate number of oxygen-fitted beds and other issues.
On the second day of its visit, the central team visited containment and buffer zones in Gaya and held discussions with senior district authorities. Other members of the team are National Centre for Disease Control Director Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh and Associate Professor of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi’s medicine department Dr Neeraj Nishchal.
The state government has decided to introduce ‘on demand’ testing to check the spread of coronavirus. Under the system, testing would be done in accordance with the demand.
On Sunday, the central team had visited containment zone in Rajeev Nagar locality in the state capital. The team members also objected to the unrestrained movement of people in the containment zone.
The central team suggested that the Covid-19 pandemic could be controlled only by making proper arrangement for ‘tracking-testing-treatment’.
Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said that the state government was making necessary arrangement so that testing could be done at any scale.He said that centres were being opened for collection of samples, adding that 25 such centres had been opened in the state capital alone.