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Bihar has seen a rapid increase in the number of coronavirus cases from July this year. The state is in its worst conditions due to ongoing floods and the pandemic situation together.The Central team visited Bihar on Sunday to witness the alarming rise in the number of patients.
They were also here to review the conditions of the government hospitals and see if preparations can be done. The team was led by Ministry of Health and family welfare department Joint secretary Luv Agarwal comprises Dr S.K Singh of NCDC and Dr Niraj Nischal
from AIIMS, New Delhi.
Bihar’s capital Patna has three major COVID hotspots; NMCH, PMCH & AIIMS Patna. The
isolation wards and control room has been installed to use in NMCH and AIIMS Patna today after the district magistrate ordered.
Till now total confirmed cases in Bihar are 26,379 and the death toll has been 179 in number.The concern, however, is the newly reported cases coming up every day. The numbers are seen increasing since the 8th of July in Patna.
Entrance of the PMCH hospital Patna.
What is Bihar lacking in?
The proper infrastructure of hospitals
– lack of hospital staffs including doctors
– Supply Chain Management (Basic protective gears for staffs)
– Loud and clear awareness of what to do and what not to.
– Efficient testing kits.
Rain water floods inside PMCH hospital.
We learned from Dr Govind(name changed) working in PMCH that the problem lies with the
management. The managerial part of the supply of gloves, masks and other basic face shields
are not in regular supply. Due to which most of the doctors on duty have to purchase masks of
their own and have high chances of being infected.
He also added that we cannot blame anyone in this situation. ‘I have seen my friends and staff
getting infected every day, we lack circulation of manpower in the hospitals as most of the
doctors are testing positive ‘ he said.
What are the solutions?
Recently under the guidelines of ICMR, PMCH has started the use of rapid antigen tests
through these kits, quicker results can be expected also it is by far cheaper than the
RT-PCR test, although for perfect accuracy RT-PCR is marked more credible.
● Coordination committee should be made consisting of different departmental doctors so
that strategy can be made on the ground level in the state by the state itself, said an
official from PMCH.
● All the medical colleges of Bihar should be opened, maintaining separate blocks for
Netizens of Bihar are making all the efforts in educating the educated and reaching out to the
government by trending hashtags like #testingbardhaobiharbachao.
Janno Junction media reported that with the population of 13 crore we are conducting tests only
on 300 people per 1 lakh. Although testing is not only the solution but being the lowest state in
the testing rate sounds like there is a problem.
What can we do?
● Home quarantine is the foremost solution to mild symptoms faced.
● Rushing to a hospital will not improve the situation so it’s advisable for people to stay
self-isolated until an ICU facility is needed.
● One’s who can afford it should buy themselves an oximeter and keep an oxygen cylinder
handy in any emergency.
● Drinking lukewarm water and citrus fruits can help boost immunity.
● Also, avoid being in open spaces or a windy room if you feel you have any symptoms.
While numerous lives in Bihar fight against the pandemic, political leaders are seen engaging in
blaming each other’s management and seen driven away from the severity of the situation. Let
us hope and pray that Bihar can once again stand on its feet.