New Delhi: The continuous increase in the Omicron variant-driven COVID-19 cases over the past one week has raised fears of a third wave in India. However, this time the hospitalization rate is lower than in the second wave. According to Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan, 5% to 10% of active COVID-19 cases require hospitalization in the current surge, but added that the situation is dynamic and the number of hospitalizations may increase.
In a letter to state governments and union territories, Bhushan wrote, “During the second surge of COVID cases in the country, it was observed that the percentage of active cases hospitalized was in the range of 20-23%. But at present In a boom, active cases require hospitalization of 5-10% so far. The situation is dynamic and evolving, so the need for hospitalization may also change rapidly.
Health Secretary told other important things to the state government and union territories:
In the letter, the Union Health Secretary said that all states and union territories need to monitor the total number of active cases, home isolation cases, hospitalized cases, cases on oxygen beds, ICU and ventilation support.
He said the current increase in COVID-19 cases appears to be driven by the continued presence of the concern type “Omicron” and another COVID “Delta”.
He appealed to the states to protect health workers wherever possible by restricting elective procedures in hospitals.
Identify different categories of beds in private clinical establishments for COVID care with the support and active consultation of their management. It should be ensured that the charges levied by such health facilities are not exorbitant, the letter said.
Involve retired medical professionals or MBBS students for provision of tele-consultation services.
All district hospitals and medical college hospitals to be used as e-Sanjeevani tele-consultation hubs to provide e-OPD services and tele-consultation to patients at Community Health Center (CHC) and Primary Health Center (PHC) levels .
first published:Jan. 11, 2022, 7:11 a.m.