Do not panic, urges CM; sends experts to N Bengal

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reacts over North Bengal Medical College issue of Corona
Kolkata: The state government has decided to send two senior health experts—one of them part of the government’s global advisory committee—to take charge of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. A senior physician of the hospital has been kept in isolation after he showed symptoms of Covid-19.
The state, which does not want a repeat of what happened at NRS Hospital—79 health workers there had to be quarantined after a patient, who died there, tested positive—is sending Gopal Krishna Dhali from SSKM Hospital to north Bengal. “We are thankful that Dhali has agreed to go to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and stay there. Abhijit Chowdhury will accompany him,” chief minister Mamata Banerjee said, urging healthcare providers across the state not to panic.
The government has distributed 2.37 lakh personal protective equipment (PPE), 1.28 lakh N95 masks, 2.99 lakh gloves, 42,251 litres of sanitisers and 5,000 thermal guns to hospitals. The CM reassured health workers that things were looking up in Bengal. “Of the 16 Covid-19 patients admitted to ID Hospital in Beliaghata, three were released on Wednesday. Another two have tested negative for the virus. That leave us with 11 active patients at ID Hospital in Beliaghata,” Banerjee said. She also tried to allay fears among people, saying the government had adequate stock of hydroxychloroquine tablets in the state to treat Covid-19 patients.
Senior physician Sukumar Mukherjee, who is on the global advisory board set up to tackle the pandemic and its socio-economic effect, pointed out the situation in Bengal did not look as scary as in other places.
“Bengal’s scene looks a little different from the overall figures in India. It shows the lockdown has worked so far. We have to strictly follow the lockdown, social distancing and personal protection. There may be a need within a week or 10 days to go for geographical quarantine for hotspots,” Mukherjee said.
Public health expert Abhijit Chowdhury said the medical expert panel was considering the proposal to use plasma of people recovering from Cobid-19 for treatment of patients. “It has been tried out in China. Doctors in Sanghai have used plasma therapy. Mayo Clinic in the US is also leading a national initiative to help treat Covid-19 patients using plasma donated by those who have recovered,” said Chowdhury, who will leave for north Bengal to take stock of the health infrastructure at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital and submit a report to the government on measures that should be taken to upgrade the facilities. He said the government had already dispatched 77 devices to hospitals there for treatment. 

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The state government has decided to send two senior health experts—one of them part of the government’s global advisory committee—to take charge of North Bengal Medical College and Hospital. A senior physician of the hospital has been kept in isolation after he showed symptoms of Covid-19.

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