In a major development, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked officials to conduct one lakh COVID-19 tests per day by July 27 (Monday) across the state which will help get actual data. The Yogi government is going to set a new record of testing 1 lakh samples in a single day.
The population of Uttar Pradesh is over 20 Crores at present. In such a situation, it will be difficult for the state to deal with the daily inflow of patients and lack of testing kits, if the number of coronavirus patients rises. Keeping in view this situation, Mr. Yogi has directed officials to enhance the state’s COVID-19 testing capacity to one lakh tests per day.
Reviewing the Unlock-2 phase during a high level meeting at his official residence, Yogi Adityanath said 10 lakh testing kits should be procured for every 10-day period. Adityanath also said that while conducting the spot review, chief secretary and additional chief secretary, health, should focus on contact tracing, door-to-door survey, rapid antigen tests and ambulance services.
In Uttar Pradesh alone, the confirmed positive cases of coronavirus have surpassed 70,000 so far, while at least 1,456 people have died in the state from the infection. Thankfully, more than 42,000 patients have recovered from the deadly disease.
“The (spot) review should be held at a health centre or a medical college,” he said, adding that the doctors should take rounds in hospitals and medical colleges.
The officials should also focus on the number of beds in Level-1, L-2 and L-3 Covid hospitals, availability of oxygen in L-1 hospitals, oxygen and ventilators in L-2 hospitals and specialist doctors for co-morbidity patients in L-3 hospitals. They should also keep track of the home quarantine and paid isolation facilities, he said. The chief minister has asked the officials to send a proposal to the Centre to buy advance life support ambulances.
In the meeting, the Adityanath also asked the chief secretary and additional chief secretary of health for a spot review of health services in Kanpur Nagar and Jhansi divisions on Saturday and in Prayagraj and Mirzapur divisions on Sunday.