In order to provide easy access to COVID testing to senior citizens & those who avoid going to hospitals UT Chandigarh Administrator V P S Badnore, in a review meeting, directed Government Multi-specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, to start mobile testing facilities. This will facilitate early detection of infection amongst those who are reluctant to visit the hospital like senior citizens. Testing teams could go on mobile vans, collect samples and give results on-the-spot.
Screening at bus depots and railway station
Necessary screening happens at bus depots & railway stations and it will continue.
Additional 100 beds
The work of creating 100 additional bed facilities for critical COVID patients each in PGIMER & GMCH 32 is in progress and will be completed within a stipulated time frame, the directors have assured.
Focus on early detection of cases
Further, he directed the institutions to focus on early detection of the cases, particularly those of co-morbidities patients, so that the fatalities remain minimum.
Focus on IEC activities was also stressed upon.
If necessary, bulk SMSes will also be sent to the residents, advising them to follow hygienic practices and getting themselves tested, he added.
The administrator also highlighted on services of area volunteers or social workers.
He said their services should be utilised to keep a watch on people coming from outside to avail better medical facilities in the city.
Such visitors coming from outside should be tested, so that they do not become sources of infection, he added.