Hubballi: Officials who are responsible for Covid testing faced the ire of Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr Sudhakar when he came to know that the Covid testing labs were not functioning to their full capacity and despite this patients have to wait for their results for over 48 hours.
The Minister was in Hubballi on Saturday, he visited Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences Hospital and held a meeting with the doctors and officials of the hospitals, and reviewed the facilities available to the patients in the dedicated Covid hospital.
During the meeting the elected representatives including Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, MLA Prasad Abbayya brought the issue of delay in providing test results to the patients to the notice of Sudhakar, both told that the patients have to wait for 72 hours to get their results and as a results treatment of patients begin at the advanced stage of the infection..
Sudhakar then sought the information from the officer who is in charge of testing and it came to light that though the KIMS lab has the capacity to test 2,000 samples per day, they are testing less than that.
“ You have the lab capacity to test 2,000 samples per day, but you are testing less, sometimes only 1,000 samples per day. Why there is a delay in giving reports to the patients when you have less burden. I would have agreed if you were over burdened, here you have nothing to defend,” the minister thundered.
The results of the patients should reach within 24 hours and the treatment should start immediately delay in providing results will not be tolerated. He asked Deputy Commissioner to ensure that the patients need not wait for their results beyond 24 hours and all the patients who test positive should be shifted to Covid Care Centres and based on the situation to the Covid hospital.
Though KIMS has 160 ventilators despite this they were using only 80 ventilators. The issue of scarcity of ventilators came up in the meeting when Prasad Abbayya told that patients are not getting ventilator beds.
The minister sought the data on the availability of ventilators in the hospital and he found that the KIMS using only 80 beds out of 160 ventilator beds. He instructed the director to use at least 125 ventilators to treat the Covid patients. The doctors tried to explain technical issues in using 125 ventilators, but the minister did not listen to them. “Whatever may be the technical issue, all the 125 ventilators should be utilized,” he ordered.