Set up hospitals to treat pregnant women: Technical Advisory Committee

By TimesOfIndia

BENGALURU: With the third wave of Covid-19 expected to peak by mid-February, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended that the state government set up designated Covid-19 paediatric and maternity hospitals.

At a meeting on Sunday, TAC has in its report to the government said these “hospitals are an urgent need”.

TAC members said dedicated hospitals to provide care for infected pregnant women and children must be launched urgently in BBMP areas as it accounts for about 80% of cases in the state. Experts have also been working on an algorithm to triage children with Covid. An increasing

number of healthcare workers contracting the infection was among matters discussed at the meeting. TAC recommended that the government establish Covid Care Centres in hotels linked to hospitals and medical colleges where infected healthcare workers can be isolated. The cost can be borne by their employers.

To ensure continuity and prevent disruption of services, it is important that man- power in medical facilities is not affected by Covid, the committee said.

“Asymptomatic HCWs must remain in isolation with strict clinical monitoring as per state government protocol and if they remain asymptomatic for the next five days, they can report back to work,” the report reads. “However, subsequently they shall strictly follow double masking and other Covid-19 protocols in the facility. Those HCWs who show symptoms shall follow the state protocol of seven days of isolation and return to duty accordingly. ”

TAC has recommended that for healthcare workers contracting the disease, the number of days of absence for isolation and quarantine should be counted as leave with pay. The government must also recognise their service and given certificates and Covid risk allowance.

TAC also discussed smaller hospitals (less than 30 beds). The committee suggested that such hospitals should generally not admit severe Covid cases and should refer them to hospitals that have the necessary facilities to prevent fatalities.

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