Tribune News Service
Karnal, September 14
With the increasing Covid patients and the conversion of Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College (KCGMC) into a dedicated Covid hospital for Karnal, Kurukshetra and Panipat, the district authorities have decided to shift three major departments of the KCGMC — gynaecology, orthopaedics and surgery — to the Civil Hospital.
These departments will be run under the supervision of HoDs of the respective departments of the KCGMC.
“The patient load is increasing at the KCGMC, so we need more beds. We have decided that the patients from gynaecology, orthopaedic and surgery departments will be shifted to the Civil Hospital. Six specialists of gynaecology, eight of ortho and nine from the surgery department will be shifted along with their respective paramedical staff,” said Nishant Kumar Yadav, DC.
The respective medical and paramedical personnel of the Civil Hospital will work under the supervision of respective departments of the KCGMC. Covid patients belonging to these three departments would continue to be treated at the KCGMC, he added.
Apart from assigning the duties to IMA doctors of calling 10-15 home-isolated Covid patients daily, the IAS and HCS officers have also been assigned the task of calling 10 patients per day. “All the IAS and HCS officers in the district, including me, will call 10 home-isolated patients per day to inquire about their well-being. The Civil Surgeon has also been asked to ensure two physical visits of health personnel for 10 days to the residence of home-isolated patients,” the DC said.
He said the home-isolated patients would be given oximeters and thermometers. These will be taken back once their home-isolation period is over. “We have ordered 2,000 pulse oximeters for this purpose. Of those, 1,000 have been purchased,” he said.
The district authorities have also kept a target to increase the sampling to 1,500 daily from around 1,000 at present being collected by the Health Department at KCGMC, Polyclinic, through mobile vans and at various CHCs and PHCs. “Now, we have decided to increase the sampling to 1,500 per day for which major private hospitals and clinics have been allowed to collect samples,” the DC said.
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