PRAYAGRAJ: As many as 16 Covid-19 screening teams have been deployed at all the 16 entry points of Magh Mela. Moreover, Covid testing/sample collection facility is available at all 12 first-aid posts (FAPs) in all the five sectors of the Mela area.
In every Covid screening team, as many as 10 members of the health department, armed with thermal scanners, are assigned to record the temperature of visitors at the entry gate and these teams are working in three shifts round the clock.
Besides, two mobile teams have also been pressed into service to visit camps of seers, saints, and other religious, social and spiritual organisations to connect with devotees/ visitors complaining about temperature or other health issues and take action accordingly.
Nodal officer and additional chief medical officer (ACMO) Dr AK Tiwari told TOI, “Elaborate arrangements have been made to offer better health care facilities to the visitors, pilgrims and devotees.”
He added, “A total of 16 Covid screening teams have been deployed at all 16 entry points of the Mela to record the temperature of visitors. Two mobile teams have been deputed in each sector to take care of devotees and pilgrims camping in tents and carry out their health check-up at regular intervals. Besides, two 20-bedded hospitals have been set up in Triveni Hospital at Kali Sadak (sector 2) and Ganga hospital, Tulsi Marg (sector 4) along with adequate number of medical and para-medical staff.”
On Thursday night, a woman vendor and resident of Sidhi (Madhya Pradesh) gave birth to a baby girl at Triveni Hospital. The health condition of both mother and child was good.
The newborn was also given immunization by the doctors. This was the first delivery case reported in Magh Mela 2023.
“ While five first-aid posts have been set up at Jhunsi side including Harishchandra Marg, Annapurna 2, Lower Sangam, Old GT, Annapurna 1 and Samudra Koop,” said senior medical officer (SMO) Dr. Anupam Dwivedi, adding “Four first-aid post have also been set up in sector 1 and 2, including Parade, Sangam noz, Akshayvat and Arail.”
He added that specialised doctors have also been assigned duties in three shifts and every shift will have doctors, paramedical staff and nurses. Moreover, an adequate number of ambulances (108) have also been deployed at each hospital.





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