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Beeline for remdesivir: New system to cut down waiting | Surat News

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Surat: Even as hundreds of people queued up in blistering heat to get Remdesivir injections, Surat collector on Thursday announced a new system for distribution of this crucial Covid-19 drug which, he claimed, will save the patients’ kin from the drudgery of long wait.
In an audio message, collector Dhaval Patel said relatives of the Covid-19 patients need not go to the New Civil Hospital or SMIMER to buy the injections. The hospitals where the patient is being treated will be allotted the injections.
“Now onwards, the allocation of the Remdesivir will be done by the collector office. Relatives of the patients have to fill in a prescribed form at the hospital where the patient is undergoing treatment and obtain a letter signed by an authorized medical practitioner who has prescribed the injection. Then, these documents have to be submitted by the hospitals via email at the collector office. We have asked the hospitals to send their representatives to collect the injections,” Patel said.
He said there is no shortage of Remdesivir injections in last 20 hours ending Thursday, 2,882 injections have been allotted to different hospitals in the city through this system.
Patel also informed that the Covid-19 patients who are being treated in home isolation too can get the injection if doctor treating them prescribes it. Earlier on Tuesday chief minister Vijay Rupani had said that the state government had placed an order to procure 3 lakh Remdesivir injections.
Doctors say that Remdesivir is considered a key anti-viral drug in the fight against the coronavirus, especially in adult patients with severe complications.

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