COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Jalandhar DC plans to ramp up bed capacity

Meritorious school to be 1,000-bed facility; more Level 2, 3 centres to be set up

Jalandhar DC plans to ramp up bed capacity

A heatlh worker collects the swab sample of a policewoman in Nawanshahr on Friday. Tribune Photo: Malkiat Singh

Aparna Banerji

Tribune News Service

Jalandhar, July 3

5 CHILDREN AMONG 22 TEST POSITIVE IN DISTRICT

  • Jalandhar: With 22 new cases in the district on Friday, the tally has reached 772. A popular advocate couple in the district was among those who tested positive. Barring one person from Hoshiarpur, all positive cases are from Jalandhar, including five children in the age group of 4-15 years.
  • Those who tested positive are from areas such as Gandhi Nagar (five persons), Jalandhar Cantt, Guru Nanak Nagar, Kartarpur, Shaheed Babu Labh Singh Nagar Thakur Colony, Jaimal Complex and Sanjay Nagar.

With Covid-19 cases in the district rising rapidly, the district administration is all set to create a buffer of additional beds across the level 1 and level 3 centres in the district. DC Ghanshyam Thori has floated online tenders to call for an upgrade of Covid-19 services and beds in the district.

While the meritorious school currently has 500 beds – there are plans to increase the number of beds to prepare for any eventuality in terms of rising cases in the district in future.

Presently, the most active Covid facilities in the district are the Covid level 2 and 3 centres at the Civil Hospital (which has at least 340 beds), the meritorious school which has 500 beds, the IMA facility which has 32 beds and the Covid facility at NIT Jalandhar.

As of July 3, there are 219 active cases in the district. Of these, a majority of the cases are housed at the level 1 centre at the meritorious school. At the busiest Covid centre – the civil hospital – currently there are 20 cases. At Shahkot, there is one. Twelve patients are from other districts (nine from Ludhiana and three from Amritsar). Currently, 184 positive patients are housed in the district alone.

While a Level 1 centre houses asymptomatic patients, Level 2 centres house patients with co-morbidities and those with previous health conditions and level 3 centres house symptomatic patients and those with other kinds of complications.

While a majority of those under isolation are placed at the meritorious school, civil hospital and IMA facility, the district administration is also creating additional backups to ensure that the district is able to cope with the increase in cases.

DC Ghanshyam Thori said, “Currently, the situation is under control as there are barely 100 active patients in the level 1 centre (meritorious school). But we are looking to create buffer zones where additional beds are already procured and a set up is arranged so that we can tackle all kinds of eventualities in future. We shall be looking to upgrade the level 1 centre so that it has a total of 1,000 beds. The beds at the Civil Hospital are currently enough but we have also created backups at two urban CHCs and a PHC if need be. Tenders have been floated to seek beds for these facilities. Centres to tackle Covid can also be set up at DAV College, DAVIET and DAV University for which infrastructure suitable for Covid protocol has already been shortlisted. Another centre is already operational at NIT. Following even further need for beds, we also have PIMS ready for such an eventuality. In all, we have made arrangements to organise 5,000 beds at the level 1 centre and an odd 1000 more at level 2 or 3 centres – just to be well-equipped.”

The DC said, “We have ensured that the level 2 centres at CHCs and PHCs havebeds with the oxygen supply. While the Civil Hospital has 10 ventilators, additional ventilators are also being procured to tackle the crisis.”

The DC also stated the district administration had invited online bids for Supplying/ Providing Items and Services under Covid-19 Management in Jalandhar. The DC said the sale of bid documents has started at 10 in the morning on June 29 and the last date and time for submission of bids was up to July 9.

The Deputy Commissioner also said date and time of opening of technical bid was July 9 at 3 pm. He said for other details, interested people could log in into: websitehttps://eproc.punjab.gov.in. Thori said the basic aim was to ensure that these centres were further equipped with state-of-the art diagnostic facilities to ensure that patients got the best medical facilities.

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