BAMBOLIM: While stating that the government is following all the protocols set by Union Health Ministry, the Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said there is no need for unnecessary panic today.
A nationwide drill was conducted today to review the emergency preparedness of both public and private hospitals amid a spike in Covid-19 cases.
“There is no need for unnecessary panic; we are following all the protocols Union Health Ministry sets. We are getting around 100 COVID-positive cases on an average daily in the past few days,” said Rane.
He further said that at present, of those patients admitted due to the detection of Covid, none are on oxygen support.
“I have directed the team at Goa Gmc to activate the Genome Sequencing machine on the premises, & Secretary for Health has been notified on the same. We have also begun in-patient testing at government hospitals using antigen testing to keep the situation under control,” he added.
Rane said that If necessary, RTPCR testing is performed, and genome sequencing is performed in accordance with protocols and SOPs.
The Minister also highlighted that an emergency vaccination requirement is also provided in case anyone requires it as a booster or for travel purposes.
“Goa is ready to fight the Covid battle yet again. We have taken strict measures in light of previous experiences, ensuring that every issue is addressed,” he further said.
With most parts of the country witnessing a rise in COVID-19 cases over the last few days, several states have made masks mandatory again, while others advised observing caution.