Panchkula to shift stepdown patients from pvt hospitals

Sector 2 hospital now a dedicated Covid facility, has 13 beds, including two BiPAP machines, two ventilators

Panchkula to shift stepdown patients from pvt hospitals

A road wears a deserted look during the weekend lockdown in Panchkula on Sunday. Tribune Photo: Ravi Kumar

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, May 2

The Health Department has set up 60 Covid beds with oxygen facility at Kisan Bhawan in Sector 14 where stepdown patients from private hospitals will be shifted.

It will allow health officials to save critical beds amid shortage due to more people getting sick and requiring hospitalisation.

At least 50 more beds at the PNB training centre in Sector 6 have also been requisitioned and are being prepared. Once these are available, the overall oxygen bed capacity in the district will reach around 500.

“We will also shift OPDs and the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) wing from the Civil Hospital to accommodate more Covid patients,” said Civil Surgeon Dr Jasjeet Kaur.

District Magistrate Mukesh Kumar Ahuja today notified Kare Partners Super Speciality Hospital (Mother and Child) in Sector 2 as a dedicated Covid hospital. The hospital has 13 beds, including two BiPAP machines and two ventilators.

Ahuja also directed officials to ensure smooth functioning of day-to-day operations such as sewerage, water, electricity and proper care of Covid patients at the hospital.

Availability of life-saving devices such as ventilators and BiPAP (Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure) machines remains a major challenge for the district.

The Health Department had recently announced to requisite BiPAP machines and ventilators, which are lying spare at private hospitals to meet the expected shortfall.

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