Patna Saheb MP Seeks More Coronavirus Testing Centers in Bihar

BJP MP from Patna Saheb and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (file photo).

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Patna: Central Minister and Patna Saheb MP Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday requested the Union Health Minister to make arrangement for coronavirus testing at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) and the Indira Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (IGIMS) in the state capital.

"I am making a special request to our Health Minister Dr. Harshvardhan to make quick arrangement for coronavirus testing at the PMCH and the IGIMS, along with other medical facilities in Bihar so patients could be tested quickly and determined whether they suffer from coronavirus or not," he said.

The senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader said the Union Health Minister has promised to act soon on his request and Bihar will soon have testing labs in most major hospitals.

Prasad, during his meeting with the superintendents of both PMCH and IGIMS, asked them to act fast on any COVID-19 related case and leave no stone unturned in providing proper treatment to the patient. He also reminded them of likely increase in cases of coronavirus in the coming days and make sure the hospitals were ready to deal with this possible surge.

The Union Minister also held talk with Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey at whose request he succeeded in getting the green signal from the Union Health Ministry to convert the 100-bed Employees' State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) hospital in Bihta into a coronavirus isolation hospital.

Prasad also directed the commissioner of Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) to step up on fogging and sanitization efforts in an attempt to keep coronavirus at bay.

Meanwhile, Bihar Chief Secretary Deepak Kumar said plans were afoot to set up quarantine centers in each village in Bihar to minimize the spread of the disease.

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