78,282 beds to be prepared in primary treatment centres
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated that the primary treatment centres, where COVID patients without symptoms are going to be treated, will be set up in three phases. 86 centres and 11,284 beds will be set in in the first phase. 253 centres will be set up in the second phase along with 30,598 beds. 480 centres and 36,400 beds will be prepared in the third phase.
In the first phase, 30,000 workers have been selected and provided to the districts. District collector and district medical officer will deploy them in necessary centres. 50,000 workers have been identified in case of emergencies. Discussions have been held with private hospitals and with hospital organisations. 1129 private hospitals have been contacted and over 200 hospitals will cooperate in the first phase. If necessary, their services will be used in primary helth centres as well.
Chief Minister also said that efforts will be taken to speed up the COVID test results. The delay has been caused by the lack of availability of employees in labs for data entry works. There are 25 centres including 15 government labs and 8 private labs with RTPCR testing facilities. He also said that Kerala is placed third in the country in terms of testing.
An action plan to avoid super spread of COVID-19 in the state will be envisaged. Areas where super spread has already taken place will be divided into clusters and strict measures will be taken there to contain the transmission of the virus. Special Operations will be set up for people coming from across the border.