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Central team visits Patiala

Central team visits Patiala

A team of health experts at the isolation centre of Government Rajindra Hospital in Patiala on Friday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Patiala, April 9

In the wake of mounting cases of Covid-19 in the state, the Central Government designated two-member team of health experts visited the city to take stock of the situation today.

Dr Vikas Suri, an expert from the PGIMER, Chandigarh, and Dr Vikas Janardhan, an expert from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Rajahmundry, took stock of the isolation facilities, the containment area and vaccination sites in the city.

It has been learnt that the central health team had first visited the vaccination site at Punjabi University. Thereafter, the team inspected isolation facilities at Government Rajindra Hospital and the VRDL testing lab at Government Medical College (GMC).

Besides, the central team, along with the Patiala Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeon, visited Mohindra Complex, a micro-containment zone in the city.

Sources informed that the team was reportedly dissatisfied with sampling in the micro-containment zone. The team said tests of all households in the micro-containment should have been conducted till now. However, health officials told the team that some residents were showing hesitant to undergo test for the Covid-19.

Meanwhile, the Patiala Civil Surgeon, Dr Satinder Singh, said the team had also inquired about contact tracing, home isolation and Covid sampling.

“The team of experts inspected our preparedness in all the areas of fight against Covid. The team also inquired about sampling figures,” he added.

Both team members, however, refused to comment about their observations on preparedness to tackle pandemic in the city. The team is expected to visit other subdivisions of the district tomorrow.

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