COIMBATORE: Health minister M Subramaniam on Saturday said that there is no oxygen shortage in the district.
“Coimbatore has enough oxygen compared to other districts. ESI Hospital and CMCH have 100-litre and 200-litre plants. We are advising private hospitals to use oxygen judiciously and reduce consumption, learning from government hospitals,” he said.
ESI Hospital found that oxygen saturation increases from 91 to 95 when Covid patients are in the prone position, thus reducing the need to give them more oxygen, the minister said. He met representatives of private hospitals and visited Kovai Medical Center and Hospital (KMCH), in between inspecting ESI and CMCH to understand oxygen requirements.
War rooms to combat Covid-19, similar to the one in Chennai, will be set up in Coimbatore, Salem and Trichy, the minister said. “The war rooms will have minute-to-minute updates on beds available in hospitals, so that infected people and their relatives just need to phone to find a bed or help. This will reduce the stress of finding beds.”
The state government has received five lakh doses of Covishield and Covaxin to vaccinate people between 18 and 45 years, Subramaniam said. “We have begun mass vaccination in Chennai. We hope to receive 10 lakh doses soon, and will distribute to districts including Coimbatore. Tamil Nadu has paid Rs 46 crore advance for 15 lakh doses,” he said.
Hundred beds should be set up at Codissia Trade Fair Complex for patients to undergo Ayush treatment and 700 beds for Covid-19 patients, the minister suggested.