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If official data are to be believed,COVID-19 patients from neighbouring Bihar and West Bengal are outnumbering in Jharkhand for treatment, putting high pressure on its hospitals and shooting up the number of coronavirus cases in the state.
A study by the Jharkhand state Health department shows that as much as ‘65 percent’ of the COVID-19 patients had links with Bihar or West Bengal.This ‘link’ was based on language and permanent residential addresses provided by COVID-19 patients in Jharkhand hospitals where they .
This has prompted Jharkhand Health Department Secretary Nitin Kulkarni to address the media persons claiming that COVID-19 patients are migrating from Bihar and West Bengal for ‘better’ treatment’ available in Jharkhand.”Which is why Almost 65 per cent of corona patients have either come from these states or their family members have arrived from there" he said.
As it is, Jharkhand has recorded over 8,800 coronavirus cases.The death toll stood at 94. Among the active cases, 32 patients are on oxygen support while 22 are on ventilator support.
A plus point of the state health department is it has set up Plasma Bank in the state government run RIMS hospital in Ranchi.It was inaugurated by Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday.”I appeal to cured COVID -19 patients to donate Plasma for benefits of COVID-19 patients”,said the CM.