COVID Brigade to be improved; patients with mild symptoms to be treated at CFLTC
Thiruvananthapuram: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that COVID Brigade was formed based on the expert advice that COVID transmission will multiply by September. He pointed out that besides reducing disease transmission, medical facilities and human resources should be increased and the service of doctors and health workers should be ensured. The COVID Brigade is improved in this context, he said.
The members of COVID Brigade are doctors, nurses, pharmacist and other health workers required in the COVID first-line treatment centres (CFLTC). A total of 13,577 members have already registered and more people should come forward to join the brigade, the CM said.
COVID Brigade is members will be appointed in the districts where only a limited number of health workers are available. They first took up the duties in Kasaragod. As the number of patients increases, action will be taken to set up CFLTC in all districts immediately, he added.
There are 194 CFLTC functioning in the state and 26,425 beds are arranged. About half of the beds are vacant. COVID positive patients who have no symptoms or mild symptoms are treated at CFLTC. Food, accommodation and treatment are provided for free here.
Doctors will directly monitor the treatment in CFLTC and service of specialist doctors will be made available through telemedicine system. If their condition worsens, the patients will be referred to COVID hospitals, the CM said.