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PG Final Year Medical Students to be Deployed in ICU; Maharashtra Cabinet Passes Resolution

A significant topic discussed in the meeting was to increase the medical COVID-19 warriors in the state health battalion. Consequently, a resolution to deploy Post Graduate (PG) Final Year Medical Students in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wards was passed.

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Amid the growing cases of Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Maharashtra, the Maha Vikas Aaghadi (MVA) government led by Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray took a major decision on Thursday, June 25. In a meeting held at Pune’s Council Hall, on Thursday, headed by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief, Sharad Pawar, a review of the situation in the state due to COVID-19 was briefly deliberated.

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The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister – Ajit Pawar, State Home Minister – Anil Deshmukh, State Health Minister – Rajesh Tope and several other government officials. A significant topic discussed in the meeting was to increase the medical COVID-19 warriors in the state health battalion. Consequently, a resolution to deploy Post Graduate (PG) Final Year Medical Students in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) wards was passed.

“A resolution has been passed in the cabinet for availing the services of the PG final year medical students in ICU wards. We are procuring important anti-viral drugs and increasing their stock in each district to ensure availability, COVID-19 cases are expected to rise during July and August but we are working to ensure that the fatality rate does not go up. We are increasing the number of doctors and ICU beds in the state to meet the demand.” said Maharashtra Health Minister, Rajesh Tope in his statement after the meeting.

The State Health Minister also clarified that the state government is not trying to hide any information on the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths, and is strictly following the guidelines promulgated by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) pertaining to COVID-19. “We are strictly following ICMR guidelines regarding COVID-19 and not hiding the number of cases of deaths. Sometimes we report some deaths of past days on a particular day due to reconciliation but it does not mean we want to hide anything.” Tope clarified through his statement on Friday.

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The state Health Minister had announced, on June 6, that the state government is aiming to procure 10,000 vials of Ramdesivir which has shown “promising” results in the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome – Corona Virus (MERS-COV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) like epidemic. “GoM to procure 10k vials of Remdesivir. Based  on evidence from Laboratory, animal and clinical studies, It has generated promising results in MERS- CoV and SARS which are also caused by Corona Virus.” read the tweet by Tope on June 6.

The state Health Minister added that his government is planning to make this expensive medicine accessible to the poor and needy. “WHO suggests it may have some positive effects in Covid19 treatment. This expensive medicine is being made available for poor & needy patients.” wrote Tope in his following tweet on the same day.

Maharashtra has, so far, reported 1,59,133 cases, including 67,600 active cases, 84,245 cured cases and 7,273 deaths. Alone in Mumbai, which contributes a significant amount of its share in rising the COVID-19 statistics, there are more than 72 thousand confirmed cases, 28,244 active cases while 39,744 patients have recovered from the COVID-19 trap. Sadly, there are more than 4 thousand COVID-19 infected patients who have lost their lives in the financial capital of the country till date.

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