Berhampur, July 18 (LocalWire): As the district administration has closed the OPD of the MKCG Medical College and Hospital to contain the spread of the coronavirus, the government has constituted an eight-member coordination committee to manage the COVID pandemic in the medical college and hospital.
While the dean and principal of the medical college Diptimayee Tripathy is the chairperson of the committee, other senior doctors, including the superintendent SK Mishra are the members of the committee.
The committee will look after the isolation of the suspected patients, deployment of manpower, management of COVID and non-COVID patients, coordination of testing activities and some other COVID-related activities, said an order of the Health and Family Welfare department.
The government might have taken this decision after facing criticism from several quarters, including the Opposition political parties for negligence in treatment of the non-COVID patients in the district for which a number of deaths occurred in the district.
The district administration has closed the OPD of the medical college and hospital from July 8 for the patients.
Only the emergency patients are only allowed inside the medical college for treatment.
“We have launched tele-medicine services for the patients,” said the superintendent of the medical college and hospital SK Mishra.
He said that though the tele-medicine service was functioning for the last few months, its functioning was intensified after the closure of the OPD.
While earlier, they had received only five to seven calls, now they get around 150 calls daily after the closure of the OPD, he claimed.