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Increase beds for COVID-19 patients in JIPMER: Villupuram MP Ravikumar

Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar. File.

Villupuram MP D. Ravikumar. File.   | Photo Credit: T.Singaravelou

Villupuram Member of Parliament D. Ravikumar has urged the Union Health Ministry to increase the number of beds for COVID-19 patients and strengthen the lab infrastructure in Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer), which has been designated as a COVID-19 specialty hospital by the Centre.

In a memorandum addressed to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan, Mr. Ravikumar said that Jipmer had set aside a ward with 250 beds to treat patients who had tested positive for the infection.

Jipmer has been catering to a number of patients from neighbouring districts including Villupuram. With the rise in number of COVID-19 patients, the institution has been struggling due to shortage of beds, he said.

“The Union Health Ministry should intervene and take immediate steps to increase the capacity of the COVID-19 ward to 1,000 patients. Since Jipmer has been designated as a COVID-19 testing centre, the lab facility should also be strengthened to test at least 1,000 samples a day”, Mr. Ravikumar said.

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