Covid shadow on PGI OPDs

Institute to suspend physical examination of patients from Monday

Covid shadow on PGI OPDs

Chandigarh, April 9

Amid a steady increase in Covid-19 cases in the city, the PGI administration has decided to suspend physical examination of patients at the outpatient departments (OPDs) of the institute from Monday.

The decision was taken at a meeting, chaired by Prof Jagat Ram, PGI Director, today. Administrative heads and heads of PGI departments and other key functionaries were present at the meeting.

‘Emergency services to function as usual’

We have decided to suspend walk-in registrations at the OPDs and routine surgical procedures fearing transmission to those who are already immunocompromised. Emergency services will, however, function as usual. — Prof Jagat Ram, PGI Director

Prof Jagat Ram said: “We have decided to suspend walk-in registrations at the OPDs and routine surgical procedures fearing transmission. However, emergency services will function as usual.”

Dr Naveen Pandey, in-charge of the OPD Administration at the PGI, said earlier, walk-in registrations were limited to those who could not access teleconsultation. Now, walk-in OPDs would be curtailed and no patient would be called to the institute except for cancer and obstetrics patients.

The Director said the teleconsultation services would continue as per the earlier schedule. He said the number of telephone lines would be increased to meet the increasing demand and accommodate more patients. — TNS

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