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Goa offers two vital tests free which reduces fatality in COVID-19

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Panaji: Goa government on Monday said that it is the first state to provide two of the vital tests, free of cost, which helps to reduce the fatality in COVID-19 patients.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane, after holding series of meetings to review the preparedness of the state amidst rising cases of COVID-19 infection, said that his team was working towards ensuring that the state is fully equipped and is able to manage rising cases.

Goa has more than 4,500 active COVID-19 patients in the state, and the number is rising every passing day.

“Goa is the first state in the country to offer free of cost D-Dimer and Interleukin 6 tests at GMC for COVID-19 patients,” Rane said in a series of tweets on Monday.

“These tests will be useful in monitoring the patient’s progression to Covid-19 related cytokine storm & help in timely medical intervention to reduce fatality,” he tweeted.

In yet another tweet, he said “Our team is working towards ensuring we are fully equipped & are able to manage rising cases in the state.”

“I have also instructed them to ensure all PHCs and CHCs are equipped with sufficient protective gears to ensure optimum safety while they interact with patients,” he tweeted.

“108 ambulances will also be stationed at ESI Hospital and SGDH for patients referred for CT Scan,” he tweeted referring to South Goa District Hospital.

The minister said that he conducted review meeting with officials from the Health Department and Dean of Goa Medical College Dr. Shivanand Bandekar to review arrangements at South Goa District Hospital. “We shall be requisitioning additional staff at SGDH along with shuttle services for consultants and doctors to and from GMC,” Rane tweeted.

Referring to his meeting with Director of Food and Drugs Administration, Rane tweeted “in my interaction with FDA Dir. Smt. Jyoti Sardessai, have instructed them to maintain sufficient inventory of Anti-Viral drug, Remdesivir. Manufacturing agencies are directed to keep stock of 5000 units of Remdesivir to ensure we are equipped and people of the state do not suffer.”

 

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