Bokaro: After the active caseload crossed the 150-mark here, district health department has instructed private hospitals and nursing homes to prepare extra beds for Covid-19 patients. All the private doctors have also been asked to prescribe Covid-19 testing to anyone found suffering from severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) symptoms. Dr A K Pathak, civil surgeon, said “I have asked each of the private hospitals to dedicate few beds for treating corona patients. The rising number of Covid-19 positive cases requires their contribution in treating the patients.”
The private hospitals have also been instructed to provide details of patients coming to their institutions with SARI symptoms. There are more than 70 private hospitals and nursing homes in the district. Mostly of them are functional in Bokaro town areas. The dedicated Covid hospital Bokaro General Hospital has already augmented its beds by reopening a 40-bed Covid Ward. Last week BGH reopened its Covid Critical Care Unit. There are more than 40 patients of corona admitted in BGH. Of them, 16 are BSL employees and officials. Rest all are private patients.