As the number of COVID cases is increasing in Bihar, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey on May 06 said the state government has now given the power to District Magistrate and medical colleges' superintendent to appoint doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for 3 months during this COVID period. "As cases are rising in the state we need more manpower to increase beds in hospitals. District Magistrate and medical colleges' superintendents can now appoint doctors, nurses and paramedical staff for 3 months during this COVID period," Pandey told ANI.
After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on May 5 announced lockdown till May 15, state Health Minister Mangal Pandey today appealed people with folded hand to follow the lockdown guidelines strictly. "Today the lockdown has been implemented in Bihar. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has taken this decision after discussing with all concerned. This was necessary for the state. I request everyone to follow the rules of lockdown," Pandey said.
Speaking on COVID situation in the state, Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey on May 03 said the government is increasing beds in Patna as well as in other medical college hospitals. "We're increasing beds in Patna as well as in other medical college hospitals. We've a continuous supply of oxygen and we're allotting oxygen to hospitals as per their need. We're also working on increasing the availability of oxygen," Pandey told ANI.
India witnessed a dip in COVID-19 cases after the country reported 3,66,161 new infections in last 24 hours. With 7,45,237 active cases, COVID caseload of the country stood at 2,26,62,575. 3,754 new deaths in last 24 hours took the toll to 2,46,116. So far, 1,86,71,222 people won the battle against COVID-19. According to Indian Council of Medical Research, till date 30,37,50,077 samples have been tested for COVID-19 virus. Vaccination drive is underway and 17,01,76,603 vaccine doses have been inoculated.
A viral video purportedly showing a COVID victim's body being dumped into the bank of a river in Bihar's Katihar district. The incident took place on May 07. "Strict action will be taken," District Magistrate Udayan Mishra said media persons.
Former Bihar Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) President Lalu Prasad Yadav chaired a virtual meeting with party MLAs on May 9 and discussed the COVID situation in the state. He also asked his party's MLAs to visit their constituencies and assist the needy amid the pandemic.
A COVID-19 patient died allegedly due to low oxygen supply in NMCH in Kota. Hospital superintendent Nilesh Jain said, "We faced a 2-5 minute disturbance due to lack of cylinders resulting in the death of a woman. The amount of pressure to operate ventilator had gone down."
Bihar government has geared up and took several steps amid surge in coronavirus cases including converting Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) as a dedicated COVID facility. "We have increased beds in hospitals in view of surge in COVID cases. We have decided to make Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH), a dedicated COVID facility. We are also increasing number of beds in PMCH, AIIMS, IGIMS and other medical colleges. Testing has also increased. District Control Units established for assistance to patients," said Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey to ANI.
As second wave of the coronavirus is testing the country, families and attendants of COVID-19 patients are struggling to get beds at Nalanda Medical College and Hospital (NMCH) in Patna. One of the doctors at the hospital said that the "situation is not good" as most of the patients arriving at the hospital are critical. Dr Ajay Kumar Sinha said, "Situation is not good, we are receiving much more patients than we did the last time. Most of the patients we get are critical and need oxygen support." Currently there are 20,148 active cases in the state.