Omicron scare: Lucknow's SGPGIMS on alert

Omicron scare: Lucknow’s SGPGIMS on alert
© Provided by Hindustan Times The SGPGIMS convened a high-level meeting of experts to counter the threat of a possible Omicron outbreak. (HT File Photo)

The Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) convened a high-level meeting of experts to counter the threat of a possible Omicron outbreak. The meeting was convened by the director of the institute, professor Radha Krishna Dhiman, to discuss the preparation of the institute in such a situation.

The meeting is significant especially after reports of a number of foreigners in Mathura and Agra testing Covid-19 positive.

Professor Dhiman said, “We don’t know what the situation will be after one month but at least we can prepare ourselves for saving lives from any more mutations occurring in the Sars-CoV-2. Lucknow and Varanasi are two cities of the state which have international flights coming in; people from other countries come to the city directly through the airport, that’s why it is essential to plan in advance for any such emergency. We were operating 254 beds at the Rajdhani Covid hospital during the peak of the pandemic. However, in the first stage we will prepare for opening 72 beds if the need arises in the days to come. Heads of various departments have been asked to remain on alert and spare manpower if required.

The PGI is a place where patients from Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan, come for medical treatment. All patients coming from these countries will be expected to carry a Covid-19-negative report.”

Not only this, patients coming from other states like Bihar, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh will also have to carry a Covid-19-negative report for OPD, admission and treatment.

Recently, a patient from Nepal had tested positive, besides a nurse who returned from Hyderabad reported positive, samples of both have been sent for genome sequencing.

The doctors and staff of PGI have been put on alert to tackle inflow of patients in the days to come. All the heads of departments have been alerted to get ready for emergency duty.

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