The mock drills were conducted on Monday in Gujarat to check the preparedness of the health system to deal with a surge in infections.
State health minister Rushikesh Patel inspected the mock drill at Gandhinagar civil hospital and determined whether the hospital is prepared for a high influx of patients.
Dummy patients were brought to various COVID-19 hospitals in ambulances and taken to assigned wards by doctors wearing PPE suits, and the availability of oxygen was also checked. This exercise was conducted as per the Centre’s direction.
He also inquired about the civil hospital’s PSA oxygen plant, the functioning of ventilators and the availability of medications and beds. He also checked the functioning of the oxygen supply line from the PSA plant to the beds in the wards.
He said “As directed by the Centre, we have organised a mock drill at all the designated COVID-19 hospitals across the state to ensure medical equipment and other infrastructure, such as ventilators, oxygen plants, concentrators, BiPAP machines, were working properly. This exercise is also aimed at finding loopholes so that they can be plugged in.”
During the mock drill, the availability of oxygen at each bed in the designated COVID-19 wards in various hospitals in the state was also checked during the drill.
Gujarat has 2,013 active cases of COVID-19, including seven on ventilator support, as per the state government data.
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