New Delhi, Apr 19: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday expressed hope that the rate of growth of new cases has been steadying for a while, and in April it has dropped of 40 per cent which is a positive indication and indicated that the total number of COVID-19 cases might start stabilising.
His comments came during a visit to Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, which is functioning as a dedicated 450-bedded COVID-19 hospital consisting of adequate isolation wards and beds, and reviewed the status of COVID-19 management. Stating that the prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 in the country was being monitored regularly at highest levels in collaboration with the States, he said, "The rate of growth of new cases has also been steadying for a while. Before the lockdown, India’s doubling rate was about 3 days. As per the data received today by 8 AM, over the past seven days, the doubling rate is 7.2 days, for the past 14 days it is 6.2, and over past 3 days it stands at 9.7. This is despite the fact that number of tests done every day has increased by almost 14 times. Same way, if you look at growth factor – from March 15 to 31, it was 2.1, whereas in April it has come down to 1.2 which is a good drop of 40 per cent which is a positive indication and is really encouraging for the whole country. This also indicates that the total number of COVID-19 cases are not increasing and may start stabilising," he added. "We have won the battles and we will win this war against COVID-19 for sure," he added.
He lauded medical personnel for the improved recovery rate of patients suffering from COVID19, saying it was a reflection of the quality of care provided by the frontline health workers in the country. "The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has steadily increased from 8 per cent in the week ending March 29 to 12 per cent this week. This shows that more and more of these patients are getting better and going back to their homes. It reflects the quality of care provided by our frontline health workers in India. I congratulate them for this success," the minister said while visiting Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, which is functioning as a dedicated 450-bedded COVID-19 hospital consisting of adequate isolation wards and beds.
He thanked the medical personnel and said "The country is grateful to you for your services in such times. It is heartening to see the high morale of our health warriors in these testing times." "In last few days, I have been visiting various hospitals AIIMS (Delhi), LNJP, RML, Safdarjung, AIIMS Jhajjar and now Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty to review the preparedness of COVID-19 and I am satisfied with the arrangements made by these hospitals to deal effectively with the pandemic," he said after a detailed review and inspection of the various wards and premises of the hospital.
The Union Minister visited the flu corner, isolation wards, observation wards, critical areas/ICUs, COVID corridor, COVID Area, COVID OPD, COVID sample collection unit, changing facility for doctors and health workers. Expressing satisfaction at the working of the various units, Dr Harsh Vardhan noted that the doctors and health staff manning these wards were provided special bathing, changing and spray facility for disinfecting themselves at RMO hostel. The facility for boarding and lodging are provided to the health workers in few hotels nearby to avoid the issues of transportation and prevent the exposure to their families, an official release here said. At the COVID ward, the minister spoke through video conferencing to a patient, a doctor himself who was admitted at the facility after turning COVID-positive while working at the airport for screening COVID patients and at Narela Quarantine.
"I am happy to learn that he is hale and hearty and recuperating well at the hospital. It is very encouraging to see his high morale despite suffering from COVID himself," he said. Dr Harsh Vardhan urged the people of India to observe the extended period of lockdown (till May 3) in letter and spirit and treat it as an effective intervention to cut down the chain of transmission of COVID-19. By observing discipline in day to day life during Lockdown 2.0 would reap us rich dividends in terms of turning the tide against COVID-19. (UNI)