PANAJI: Director of Health Services (DHS) Dr D’sa today informed that as Serum Institute has declined to release 5 lakh doses of Covishield to Goa for now, beneficiaries under age group of 18-44 years will have to wait to get vaccinated.
He said that from May 1 only those above 45 years to get vaccine under Center quota.
“Serum Institute has declined to release 5 lakh doses of Covishield to Goa for now, beneficiaries under age group of 18-44 years will have to wait to get vaccinated.” Said Dr Dsa
Stating that complete lockdown in the State will not be practically possible, the Health Minister Vishwajit Rane today urged his government to ensure strict restrictions on the movements of public.
Addressing media persons after chairing expert committee meeting to review COVID-19 situation in the State, Rane said that feels that government should come up with strict restrictions on the movements of public. “I am also not in favour of complete lockdown but restrictions are need of the hour,” he said.
Rane said that a lockdown can be imposed allowing essential services including Pharma and other industries to continue their operations.
The Minister said that he will hold a meeting with the Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant and put across his views. Rane said that the current situation is very grim and we need to adopt some stringent measures to bring situation under control.
Speaking on the Oxygen situation, GMC Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar said that as per current situation they require 1 cr litre of oxyzen in GMC per day.
“As of now we require 1 cr litre of oxygen at GMC per day but in coming days we will required 3 cr litres of oxyzen per day.” Said Dr Bandekar
Rane, had on Monday, in a series of tweets following 38 COVID related deaths in the State, had said that State needs to go for 30 days lockdown.
The Chief Minister, however, has ruled out all the possibilities of imposing lockdown at this point while ordering strong enforcement of Section 144 across State.
Meanwhile the state government has revised the COVID-19 treatment protocol, by deciding to give medicines to people coming to hospitals with COVID-19 symptoms, even before their test results arrive.
Rane said that the decision is been taken to reduce the mortalities. He said that since the test results are delayed, people are reporting late for medical treatment thus leading to critical condition in many cases.
He said that the similar procedure, to be implemented from Wednesday onwards, is being followed in other States too.