Chennai: Municipal corporation begins distributing free medical kits to people undergoing RT-PCR test


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  • People can also reach the company through the helpline number 1913
  • People with comorbidities and the elderly would receive pulse oximeters
  • The city recorded 8,978 new cases on Saturday

Chennai: Amid rising COVID-19 cases and concerns over new Omicron variant, Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has started distributing free medical kits to people undergoing RT-PCR tests, before the results arrive. Previously, these kits were provided to people who tested positive for the virus.

Elaborating further on the distribution, Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said zinc tablets, paracetamol, vitamin C tablets and face masks would be included in the medical kits. He went on to say, “Additionally, azithromycin tablets would be given to patients who need them, based on prescriptions from our doctors,” according to the report published in the India time.

Reports suggest the motive behind this was to alleviate COVID symptoms in patients even before test results were reported. Meanwhile, people with comorbidities and the elderly would be given pulse oximeters to monitor oxygen levels.

In addition, details of people who have been subjected to COVID tests will be shared with company staff by UPHCs and private labs, after which medical kits will be delivered to patients’ doorsteps by company volunteers.

People can also contact the society via the 1913 helpline number if they have questions about home isolation or medicine.

In addition, Bedi on Sunday inspected the homes of patients who are in home isolation and asked if the company’s services, including home checks and phone calls, had reached them.

Chennai continues to witness a surge in cases as on Saturday the city recorded 8,978 new cases. Meanwhile, with 5,091 people discharged in a single day, net recoveries rose to 5,71,387. With 6 deaths on Saturday, the death toll now stands at 8,721. Chennai had 634,793 positive cases while the Active cases remain at 54,685, according to the state health report.


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