As cases rise, bed capacity for Covid patients increased at Ludhiana Civil Hospital

As cases rise, bed capacity for Covid patients increased at Ludhiana Civil Hospital

People queue up for Covid vaccination at Pavilion Mall in Ludhiana on Thursday. Photo: Inderjeet Verma

Tribune News Service

Manav Mander

Ludhiana, January 20

Keeping in view the rise in Covid cases, bed capacity has been increased at the Civil Hospital and 60 beds have been reserved for Covid patients. Out of the total 60 beds, 50 have been reserved for adults and 10 for paediatric patients. If situation arises the bed capacity can be increased further as well.

Earlier during the two waves, when admission to hospitals had increased, the OPD from the Civil Hospital was shifted to the ESI Hospital and if need arises it can be done again.

In addition to this, now Covid patients admitted to the Civil Hospital and in need of ICU care are now not required to go to any other hospital as the Civil Hospital is equipped with 16 Level-3 (ICU) beds. Out of the 16, two beds have been reserved for kids.

Before the pandemic there was no ventilator at the Civil Hospital, as a result many critical patients use to die on the way when they were referred to Rajindra Hospital, Patiala, or the PGI, Chandigarh. In March 2020, Amarpura resident Covid-19 positive woman died a few hours after reaching Rajindra Hospital after she was referred to Patiala as she was in need of ventilator and the Civil Hospital, Ludhiana, did not have the same at that time.

Dayanand Medical College and Hospital has highest of 180 Level-3 beds earmarked for Covid patients, followed by CMCH, which has 65 beds, SPS and Fortis Hospital has 40 beds each. A total of 690 Level-3 beds are there in the district, out of which 674 are in the private sector while 16 in the government sector at the Civil Hospital.

In addition to this, the MOU that was signed between the CMCH and Civil Hospital has expired and will be revived soon for the convenience of the patients. Under this MOU, patients referred from the Civil Hospital are treated at the PGI rates.

The link, https://ludhiana.nic.in/bed-status, can be clicked to know the bed capacity for Covid patients in various hospitals of the city.

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