Speaking on the state’s preparedness as cases rise sharply, he said: “All hospitals are ready and we have separate facilities for isolation, mild cases etc.”
The State Covid Task Force, chaired by the Chief Minister, is expected to meet on Monday to discuss the increase in cases and make a decision on how to curb the spread of Covid as well as take into consideration the recommendations made by the expert committee.
The acute shortage of beds during the devastating second wave forced authorities to belatedly open the super specialty block to Covid patients, after pressure from the high court.
Referring to the upcoming parliamentary elections, Rane said the Union government will issue appropriate guidelines and these will be implemented in Goa.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya held a video conference with state health ministers to discuss the situation and management of Covid. The conference was attended by Rane, the Secretary of State for Health, and the Dean of the GMC, among others. During the meeting, Rane said that due to the fact that Goa is a tourist destination, there is a charge on the state.
“I said at the meeting that we have set up standard operating procedures (SOPs) and at the same time the Union government should issue a general SOP for the country,” he said. said, adding that the Covid-19 led by Omicron Le peak in the US, Spain, UK and India was also discussed.
Rane said people should take precautions, wear masks and maintain social distancing.
All Omicron suspects from Goa are being quarantined at state quarantine facilities.
The state currently uses Cansaulim Health Center with a capacity of 18, Margao TB Hospital with a capacity of 16 and Aldona Health Center with a capacity of eight beds. The Curchorem health center with 30 beds will also be used as a state quarantine center.