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Uttarakhand issues alert over coronavirus, hospitals asked to create separate ward

State health department is instructed to take into account the travel history of the person with symptoms similar to the infection of the virus. 

Published: 25th January 2020 08:40 PM  |   Last Updated: 25th January 2020 08:40 PM   |  A+A-

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Coronavirus which has no cure till date has claimed 25 lives in China. (Photo | AP)

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DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand state health department has issued an alert over Coronavirus in the state. The virus which has no cure till date has claimed 25 lives in China. The department has issued instructions to keep tab on people who are travelling to China or coming back from the country. 

Pankaj Singh, state modal officer of State Integrated Disease Surveillance Project said, "Advisory has been issued to all 13 districts and hospitals have been instructed to create a separate ward in case anyone with the infection is identified in Uttarakhand."

State health department is also instructed take into account the travel history of the person with symptoms similar to the infection of the virus. 

In year 2018, Uttarakhand high court, keeping in view health sector of the hill state, in a series of directions ordered the state government to provide the latest state of art equipments/machineries, required under the minimum standard requirements of the medical college, to accord the necessary permission for creation of the posts in the departments of nephrology, neurology, urology and heart disease within a period of one week, to complete the selection process of 138 assistant professors within a period of six weeks and issue the appointment letters within a period of four weeks, to deploy  61 newly acquired ambulances within a period of four weeks, to hold interviews within a period of six weeks on emergency basis by selection committee presided over by the vice-chancellor of the HNB Medical Education University Dehradun, to complete entire procedure of e-tendering to be completed within a period of four weeks regarding contract to build trauma center within three months along with various others. 

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