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COVID surge: Ahmedabad hospitals encouraging only critical patients to get admitted, IAS Pankaj Kumar tests positive

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As Ahmedabad sees a surge in COVID cases with both private and government hospitals filling up fast, patients who need oxygen support or are extremely critical are only being admitted to hospitals while the rest will have to be treated at home.

Doctors are encouraging those who don’t need oxygen support to get treated at home. Patients who are still COVID positive but can breathe on their own without oxygen support are being encouraged to get discharged.

Earlier, a video of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital had been doing the in which 15 ambulances were found waiting to get patients admitted in the 1200 bed hospital.

ACS Pankaj Kumar tests positive for COVID.

Pankaj Kumar also holds additional charges as ACS home department. He has been shifted to the UN Mehta Hospital in Ahmedabad for further treatment.

He was among the four senior IAS officers appointed to monitor the COVID situation. He was in charge of Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

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The charge of the revenue department has been given to Mukesh Puri, additional chief secretary, urban development department. Puri was earlier appointed to monitor and supervise the implementation of COVID treatment at hospitals in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) limits.

Pankaj Kumar’s charge of the home department has been given to ACS finance department Pankaj Joshi until Kumar rejoins work.

Meanwhile, the Akshardham Temple has announced that it will remain closed for devotees from April 9 to 30. The decision has been taken given the surge in COVID cases in the state and Gandhinagar.

 

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