Nagpur: Amitesh Kumar, City Police Chief, has adopted the strategy of getting all the accused facing arrest tested by Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) before taking them into custody. This step was taken in view of the danger of the police force getting infected with the coronavirus. Because the number of covid cases is increasing in Nagpur district, and the danger of the omicron virus variant is also very big.
Amitesh has also made sure that monoclonal antibodies or cocktail drugs, one of the most expensive therapies to treat coronavirus, are also available to the city police personnel. This therapy has also been given to former US President Donald Trump.
The top cop has made a corpus fund from the welfare allocation to be able to buy this drug, For which a single dose costs around Rs 66,000. The drug, administered to mild to moderately ill patients, has also found a high degree of success in city hospitals, where it has been used so far.
He has said that all the accused will be already tested for coronavirus before they are formally taken into custody. If they find anyone to be covid positive, then the person will be immediately shifted to institutional quarantine.
Beds Fully Prepared
In the first wave of covid itself, about 1,830 policemen had tested covid positive, While 28 had died. In the second wave, 630 personnel had tested positive with 4 deaths.
Dr. Sandeep Shinde, Chief Medical Officer, Police Hospital has said that about 97% of the police had taken the first dose of covid while about 98% had taken the second. 5 teams have been deputed to the offices of 5 Zonal DCPs out of the city to conduct the tests.
Sandeep has also said that special kadha is also being procured from the AYUSH department. Police Hospital CMO has said that the Police Hospital with about 20 beds is being kept fully prepared with about 21 Jumbo Cylinders for Oxygen, 2 Mini Ventilators, and other facilities. 9 ICU beds have also been made.
CP Amitesh has also said that the force has been urged to strictly follow the due diligence of coronavirus and develop various Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) of the police revolving around them.
Sandeep has also said that masks and sanitizers will be distributed among the policemen engaged in settlement duty for the New Year’s Eve celebrations.