Even as one more COVID-19-related death takes the total number of casualties in Gujarat to seven, the state government has identified 9000 people to impart ventilator support training.
Principal Secretary Health Jayanti Ravi said that the next four-five days will be crucial and yet difficult and that 9,000 people have been identified for training in ventilator support. The training has been arranged with the help of private doctors, doctors' associations and organisations related to trade and industry.
The Gujarat government is also in the process of procuring 1,000 more ventilators. AYUSH doctors, dentists and nurses will be imparted training for operation of ventilators in partnership with Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Moreover, more health professionals including AYUSH doctors and nursing staff will be provided training to tend to COVID-19 patients.
Jayanti Ravi said on Thursday, that a 52-year-old man, who had visited Sri Lanka, died at the SSG Hospital in Vadodara. Other members of his family who had tested positive are stable. She said that after showing symptoms on March 16, he was admitted to the hospital on March 19.
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The total number of cases in Gujarat stands at 87. According to her, two persons are on ventilator and the rest are stable. Seven persons have been discharged being tested negative for COVID-19, she added.
The total number of persons quarantined in Gujarat are 18,852, out of which 17,666 are home quarantined.
In a bid to be cautious and ensure that social distancing is maintained, Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation released the list of persons from Ahmedabad who have tested positive for the virus. Citizens have been asked to check out whether they had come in contact with them or with any of their immediate family members.