The existing ventilators strength in teaching hospitals which are acting as district-level Covid-19 care centres will shortly be doubled.
The government has purchased ventilators from Bangalore-based Bharat Biotech and directed Andhra Pradesh Medical and Health Infrastructure Development Corporation (APMHIDC) to install the facilities without any delay. Ventilators with oxygen supply system will be set up in the next few days.
The Covid-19 death toll has been going up in the state for the past few days prompting the state government to initiate speedy measures.
Around 378 ventilators are in operation in five state-level Covid-19 hospitals in Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, Nellore and Chittoor. The government has decided to add another 128 ventilators to the existing strength and ready at least another 500 ventilators.
However, only around 314 ventilators are available in district-level hospitals, which are inadequate to handle the number of cases. The government has decided to add another 1,400 ventilators to the present capacity.
Meanwhile, about 50 ventilators reached Government General Hospital (GGH), Guntur on Friday. GGH Superintendent Dr Kancharla Sudhakar said that additional ventilators would take the total capacity to 90 in the Covid Care Centre. He said that another 40 ICU beds would also be made available.
“We can accommodate at least 80 patients in ICU and provide oxygen to critical patients. There is no need to worry about the facilities in the government hospitals as the government is taking every possible measure to save the lives of Covid-19 patients,” said Dr Sudhakar.