Expert team heads to Kasaragod to establish highly advanced COVID-19 hospital
Thiruvananthapuram: The expert team tasked with establishing the highly advanced COVID-19 hospital and strengthening the treatment facilities at Kasaragod started from here on Sunday.
The 26-member team from Thiruvananthapuram Medical College is heading to Kasaragod following the directions of Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan to start the COVID-19 hospital at Kasaragod within four days.
The team is tasked with coordinating the functioning of the COVID-19 hospital, training the hospital staff and treating the patients.
Kasaragod district has the most number of COVID-19 patients in Kerala. As part of providing advanced treatment for them, the new administrative block at Kasaragod Medical College has been turned into a COVID-19 hospital.
Isolation wards with around 200 beds and 20 intensive care units are being set up at the COVID-19 hospital. The government has granted Rs 7 crore as the first step of setting up the hospital. All equipment, furniture and other needed things are being set up.
Under the coordination of Thiruvananthapuram Medical College casualty department deputy superintendent S. S. Santhosh, five medical teams each including two doctors, two nurses and a nursing assistant will provide treatment to patients. COVID-19 OP, IP and ICU will be set up under their supervision.
Health Minister K. K. Shailaja was among those to send off the bus carrying the medical team. She hoped that the experience and expertise of the medical college doctors and nurses will prove helpful in Kasaragod.
The Health Minister appreciated the medical team who volunteered to provide medical assistance after travelling all the way to Kasaragod at a time when the number of COVID-19 patients in that district increased.
Dr. Naresh Kumar, Dr. Raju Rajan, Dr Murali (anaesthesia department), Dr. Jose Paul Kunnil, Dr. Shameem (neurology department), Dr. Sajeesh (general medicine), Dr Praveen, Dr. R. Kamala (pulmonary medicine), Dr. Ebi (nephrology department) Dr, Mridul Ganesh (paediatrics) and staff nurses Joseph Jennings, S. K. Aravind, Praveen Kumar, Aneesh Raj, Vishnu Prakash, S. Rashin, M. S. Naveen, Ritugami, Jeffin P. Thankachan, Saravanan and nursing assistants R. S. Shabu, K. K. Harikrishnan, S. Athul Manaf, C. Jayakumar and M. S. Santhosh Kumar are part of the team.
Police will provide all transport facilities and food for the medical team. Thiruvananthapuram Medical College principal Dr Ajayakumar, hospital superintendent Dr. M. S. Sharmmad, S.A.T hospital superintendent Dr Santhosh Kumar, RMO Dr Mohan Roy were among those present.