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Coronavirus Pandemic: UP govt sets up command centre to take stock of Covid-19 spread

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The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to start command centre in Lucknow in the wake Coronavirus outbreak which has claimed the lives of 20 across the country. The decision was taken following after the Centre’s announcement of 21-day nationwide lockdown where public would be debarred to access many of the services except the essential one like healthcare facilities.

As per a TOI report, the command centre, headed by an IAS officer as its coordinator will monitor and take stock of the hospitals’ preparedness to tackle the situation. The coordinator will also take feedback from Covid Hospitals and medical colleges treating coronavirus patients.

Meanwhile, Suresh Khanna, State medical education minister Suresh Khanna has also made an announcement regarding steps undertaken to scale up healthcare infrastructure to deal with increasing cases of Coronavirus.

Personal protective equipment (PPEs) and ventilators are being procured on an emergency basis and the government has relaxed its procurement policy and specifications to ensure their availability in good numbers, Khanna was quoted as saying by the report.

Doctors are also being hired from private nursing homes and ex-defence personnel of the medical wing for manning the isolation wards in Covid Hospitals. The department is also engaging tent suppliers for setting up makeshift Covid hospitals if required.

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