China Virus: AIIMS Prepares to Meet nCoV Emergency, Set up Isolation Ward

Healthwire Bureau

New Delhi, January 24-Seeing the magnitude of novel Coronavirus outbreak in China and cases of hundreds of people getting affected worldwide, an isolation ward has been set up by Delhi-based All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The isolation ward has ready beds for providing treatment to any suspected case of novel coronavirus infection.

The virus, which is a large family of viruses that causes illnesses ranging from the common cold to acute respiratory syndromes, has so far killed 25 people and affected 830 in China.

“We have an isolation ward and we have beds kept ready for providing care and treatment for suspected coronavirus cases in Delhi or elsewhere in India,” AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said according to media reports.

Speaking on the preparations to meet any emergency, he added, “All precautionary measures, in terms of personal protection equipment for healthcare workers to prevent the spread of the disease while treating infected patients,are in place. If need be, we have the capacity to increase our isolation ward facilities and provide treatment to such patients.”

While highlighting the necessity of maintating hygiene, he said that people should maintain good standards of hand hygiene, avoid travelling in crowded places and use masks. Any person having slight symptoms of cough, fever and weakness should immediately report to the nearest health facility.

So far, virus can’t be treated by antibiotics or vaccines available for combating the particular virus strain and only supportive treatment for pneumonia is given.

One has to follow preventive medication strategies, he said.

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