Tribune News Service
Jalandhar, August 3
In a bid to further augment the medical facilities at Shaheed Babu Labh Civil Hospital for Level-III Covid patients, who need ICU care and ventilators, the district administration has decided to upgrade existing infrastructure from 28 to 52-beds for serious patients. Notably, Jalandhar being among the top three most Covid-affected districts on Punjab (along with Ludhiana and Amritsar) and in district – the Civil Hospital is the only frontline healthcare government establishment, which has been taking Level 2 and 3 patients from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
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With the surge in the number of Covid-19 cases in Jalandhar, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori has written to Secretary, Health and Managing Director, Punjab Health Systems Corporation (PHSC) for equipment and additional staff required for operating the upgraded infrastructure to tackle the cases efficaciously in Jalandhar.
While the Civil Hospital has presently 28 beds for the Covid-19 ICU, it also has only 12 ventilators to treat serious Covid-19 patients. However, with the increase in Covid positive cases, and marked rise in the amount of serious patients reported in the district – the Civil Hospital needs an infrastructural upgrade to cope up with the marked rise in patients.
Disclosing more details, Deputy Commissioner Ghanshyam Thori said the district administration was fully geared up to effectively deal with the further spread of Coronavirus. He said the administration had demanded 24 fowler beds, 22-bed side screen, five multipara monitor, 19 pulse oximeter, six syringe infusion pumps, three suction machines, six crash carts, three Laryngoscope, 10,000 glucometre strips, 30 non-re-breathing ventilation mask, one domestic refrigerator and water cooler, two instrument trolley, 100 face shields, 50 OT gowns, besides the list of the staff required for the upgraded infrastructure has been sent to the Secretary Health Department and Managing Director, PHSC.
He said that these medical facilities for critical patients would be upgraded on the modern lines to ensure that the patients did not get any problem in availing of the best care treatment. He said the major focus was only on saving the precious lives of people from the pandemic. Thori said it was the moral duty of all of us to fight this war against Covid-19 effectively with better coordination with all key departments in this war.
Gearing up to fight contagion
Administration has demanded 24 fowler beds, 22-bed side screen, five multi-para monitors, 19 pulse oximeters, six syringe infusion pumps, three suction machines, six crash carts, three Laryngoscope, 10,000 glucometer strips, 30 non-re-breathing ventilation mask, one domestic refrigerator and water cooler, two instrument trolley, 100 face shields, 50 OT gowns, besides the list of the staff required for the upgraded infrastructure at the Civil Hospital.
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