Rajasthan govt launches mobile OPD services for routine health care

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The Rajasthan government has launched 400 has decided to launch mobile OPD vans to provide health care in a bid to provide medical services to people near their doorstep amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The vans will be operational from Wednesday, April 22 and will be stationed at block headquarters and other important locations and will be dispatched to the villages.

The move, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said, was necessitated in view of disruption in health services due to the coronavirus crisis.

People can approach the mobile OPD vans for general health-related problems, he said, stressing that regular patients are suffering as some hospitals have been dedicated to coronavirus treatment.

Ashok Gehlot said he has decided to appoint 9,000 auxiliary and general nursing midwives to strengthen basic health care.

Ashok Gehlot objected to the reports of some private hospitals refusing treatment to serious cases and said he won’t tolerate such an attitude.

Private hospitals say they were misled by an earlier communication of the state health department which allegedly asked them to “discourage routine patients”.

Rajasthan has more than 100,000 quarantine beds and 20,000 beds for Covid-19 patients.

PROCURE TEST KITS, EQUIPMENT: ASHOK GEHLOT TELLS CENTRE

Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday asked the Centre to procure the test kits and equipment such as ventilators and supply it to the state so as to eliminate competition within the states and ensuring the purchases meet ICMR guidelines.

The Rajasthan chief minister was interacting with a high-level team that the Centre had sent to Jaipur to assist the state in curbing the spread of coronavirus in Ramganj, a densely populated Muslim locality in the walled city, which is the origin of almost 600 positive cases so far out of 657 that Jaipur has. Rajasthan has 1576 cases so far.

Ashok Gehlot said his state bought the rapid testing kits from China which has proved to be highly unreliable. The state has written to the ICMR about it following which, ICMR has put on hold rapid testing in India for two days.

Senior doctors in Jaipur are also investigating the rapid test kits the state has received. Rajasthan has placed an order for a million test kits of which, 10,000 arrived in the first instalment and a couple of lakhs are expected to arrive soon.

However, of the 1,232 tests done, only two tested positive for coronavirus, making the doctors suspect tests’ efficiency. They subjected the tests to positive patients and found that it showed only six out of 100 positives. A team of doctors is investigating if the flaw is with the kits or the procedure.

Ashok Gehlot was very keen to have a high number of tests in the state, hoping that it would help curtail the spread of the highly contagious virus.

ASHOK GEHLOT LEADS CONGRESS’S DEMAND FOR RETURN OF MIGRANTS

Meanwhile, Ashok Gehlot is in the forefront with Congress’s demand of letting migrants return home amid lockdown. He has asked Home Minister Amit Shah to facilitate their return home.

Ashok Gehlot, who had publicised contact numbers of his officers deputed to deal with state’s migrants in each state, said they received numerous calls with the sole demand to return home.

“Migrants have turned mental wreck. All they want is to return home amid uncertainty and scare. They will not be able to work with this mental state even if they are allowed now. However, a visit to the home will help them rejuvenate and return to the job later with enthusiasm,” Ashok Gehlot said.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, too, have echoed similar demands for working out a strategy to facilitate the return of the migrants.

“The Centre should show sensitivity in regard to migrant labourers,” Ashok Gehlot said. He said Rajasthan is apparently different from other states because its migrants are in just every state across the country.

He said, “I have spoken to Union home minister in this regard on the phone and he has assured me to take positive steps. Migrants are disappointed and desperate and want to go to their homes once. The Central government should take a fair decision about them with sensitivity,” Ashok Gehlot said.

Meanwhile, the lockdown has hit hard the flower sector. Many of the retail sellers of flowers are daily wagers who are finding it hard to survive. The perishable consumer item has no taker and farmers across the state are seeing flowers drying up in their fields since the business has come to a standstill due to the ongoing lockdown period.

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