Covid-19: Goa facing shortage of HFNO machines, says CM


Panaji, Sep 15 | Goa is facing a shortage of high flow nasal oxygen (HFNO) machines, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday even as 25 persons died due to Covid-19 in the last 48 hours.

Sawant said that the state Health Ministry had earlier focussed on purchasing ventilators for treating Covid-19 patients, but now HFNO machines appeared critical for the survival of symptomatic novel coronavirus patients.

“At present we have excess ventilators and there is a shortage of HFNO machines. Across the country there is a shortage of these machines. In three days, 20-25 more machines will be delivered. Initially, we thought that ventilators would be needed, but within a month or so the (strategy) changed and now HFNO machines are in demand,” Sawant said.

Sawant also said that the state government had now capped fees for treatment of Covid-19 patients in private hospitals.

“Private hospitals were charging high rates to the tune of up to Rs 25,000 per night. We have decided these capped rates in consultation with the medical professionals and the private facilities,” Sawant said.

Currently, a private hospital can charge up to Rs 12,000 per day for treatment in a general ward, Rs 15,000 for a twin sharing room, Rs 18,000 per day for a private room facility, with prices for ICU facilities capped at Rs 25,000 per day.

The capped price package includes bed charges, nursing, resident doctor fees, diet, PPE kits for staff and routine medicine.

Sawant, who is currently in home isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 earlier this month, also said that he would be donating blood plasma if he is eligible to do so.

“First let me complete 28 days of recovery. But of course, if I am within the parameters, I plan to donate plasma. I do have a (blood) pressure problem, but if I am eligible to donate, I will donate,” Sawant said.

Source: IANS

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Policybazaar Unveils its new brand campaign "AapKiSideHai"

Policybazaar Unveils its new brand campaign

Akshay Kumar delivers the brand’s promise of always being on the customer’s side

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Policybazaar’sAapKiSideHai campaign seeks to reassure its customers on being a dependable Insurance partner for them, every step of the way. The brand has always focused on distributing products like term insurance, health insurance, zero commission ULIP’s and motor insurance that are optimal from a customer perspective. Policybazaar is now extending the brand promise beyond the purchase experience to ensure that consumers get the highest levels of service throughout the policy lifecycle.

The new brand campaign reinforces Policybazaar core value of putting the customer first by delivering on its promise of providing a trusted platform for all types of insurance products. The brand is committed to guiding the customer throughout the insurance journey, starting from recommending the right products at affordable pricing, ensuring thatthe policy issuance process is smooth and fast, and, to providing services and claims assistance when needed.

“While we continue to highlight the importance of Health & Term life Insurance through our marketing campaigns, with the brand promise of Policybazaar AapKiSideHai, we also intend to position Policybazaar as a customer centric brand, that is committed to stand by its customers, both pre and post purchase”, said Samir Sethi, Head of Brand Marketing, The new ad series highlights Policybazaar’s unparalleled support to customers, while providing them with the ease of comparing and buying term and health plans online with guidance at each & every step.

Speaking about the TVC launch, Sharat Dhall, Chief Operating Officer, said, “Our ultimate aim is to provide 360-degree assistance to customers that starts from when the policy is bought, to provide assistance when the claim is paid out, should such a situation arise. Winning and maintaining customer trust is a strong ethos within the company and this campaign reflects that. At a time when the world is grappling with a crisis like no other, the brand intends to instill confidence in the customers’ buying decisions by assuring them protection of their futures with the right insurance products & thorough assistance throughout the journey.”

The new brand campaign in its series displays moments of indecision that people may have while investing in protection products. It addresses these queries &emphasizes the importance of nurturing a bond with the consumers thereby creating customer delight.


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