Panaji: Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant on October 8 said that starting next week the state government will rope in AYUSH doctors to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms.

According to reports, AYUSH is an acronym for five traditional systems of medicine- Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy.

The chief minister said, "From next week, the government will involve AYUSH doctors in treating COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate symptoms, along with other government doctors."

He added that the AYUSH doctors would also be involved in post-COVID management of patients in the state.

The chief minister was speaking at the launch of home isolation kits.

"There are 3,500 patients in the state, who have opted for home isolation. They would be provided these kits," Sawant said.

He claimed that Goa's recovery rate of 85.98% is the best in the country, while the number of tests being conducted is also the highest among states.

"Goa has set up a robust infrastructure to tackle COVID-19 pandemic and there are sufficient number of beds in the state-run hospitals to admit infected persons," he said.

The total number of beds available in different COVID Care hospitals in the state is 756, he said.

The home isolation kit will help in treatment of patients, he said, adding, "It will eventually reduce the burden on hospitals."