Mohali, May 3
The district administration has ordered to install five ventilators at the District Hospital, Mohali, and make available at least 15 ventilators for the upcoming 104-bed makeshift Covid hospital in Mohali.
Disclosing this, Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan said 12 other ventilators would be installed at another 100-bed facility being created in the district with the support of the Army. The facility would be made operational in around 20 days.
Pertinently, the Dr BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences, Mohali, had received 32 ventilators under the PM-CARES fund. These ventilators are yet to be installed due to the unavailability of oxygen generation plant and lack of technical manpower. The ventilators also need software upgrade for which technicians from the BHEL have been contacted.
Dr Bhavneet Bharti, Director-Principal of the upcoming Dr BR Ambedkar State Institute of Medical Sciences, said: “We are working on a war-footing basis. Appointment letters have been issued to the faculty to ensure human resources in place. Arrangements are being made to set up oxygen generation plant to ensure uninterrupted oxygen supply to the institute. We are well aware that the health facilities in the district are overwhelming by a sudden surge in Covid cases. So, we are trying our best to meet the manpower requirement and the equipment challenge. We will hopefully get a go-ahead as soon as a team of the National Medical Council conducts the inspection of the facility”.
Meanwhile, in order to further ramp up the existing health infrastructure and create more hospital beds for critical patients battling the devastating second Covid wave, the state government has in-principle approved setting up of a makeshift hospital in Mohali, equipped with ICU facilities, exclusively for Covid patients. The Medical Education and Research Department has been directed to make the new hospital functional by the end of this month to ensure the best possible healthcare to Covid patients as per the mandate of Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh. — TNS
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