IMA opposes Ludhiana district administration decision

Members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have objected to giving 50 per cent of beds to the district administration for Covid-19.

Dr Sunil Katyal, president of the Ludhiana IMA, said it was not possible to keep both Covid and non-Covid patients on the same premises where a hospital/nursing home is built in a single block.

He said all doctors/staff and paramedics would be exposed to the disease.

“Many nursing homes are single-specialty hospitals and they do not have expertise and facility to treat Covid patients. It has been decided to handover the hospitals to the district administration and let them run 100 per cent Covid hospitals,” said Dr Katyal.

Meanwhile, Dr GS Grewal from Grewal Hospital was taken aback after seeing the name of his hospital on the list of 30 hospitals that will be providing treatment to Covid patients.

“I was neither informed nor consulted before putting my name on the list. I am the only medical specialist at the hospital. My age is above 68 years and I am myself a patient of hypertension with naso bronchial allergy. Turning my hospital into a Covid centre can prove fatal for me,” said Dr Grewal.

Dr Katyal said they did not give the name of Grewal Hospital to the administration.

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