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Muktsar, Sangrur hospitals ill-prepared to tackle Covid

Covishield out of stock, posts of doctor vacant

Muktsar, Sangrur hospitals ill-prepared to tackle Covid

A woman gets tested for Covid



Tribune News Service

Muktsar/Sangrur, Dec 23

Amid Omicron’s BF.7 sub-variant scare and reports of a sudden surge in Covid cases globally, a reality check of Muktsar district today revealed that there was neither any medicine specialist in any government hospital, nor Covishield and Corbevax vaccines available in the district.

Will Get it soon

We have sent a demand for Covishield and hopefully we will receive the required doses soon. We have been making the required arrangements. Dr Parminder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur

Further, the pace of Covid testing had also decreased.

Dr Ranju Singla, Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Muktsar, said, “Just about 500 doses of Covaxin are left now. The other two vaccines – Covishield and Corbevax – are out of stock. However, three oxygen plants are in a working condition in the district.”

Asked about the Covid testing, she said, “The pace of testing has also gradually decreased now. We are awaiting fresh directions from the head office. All posts of MD (Medicine) doctor are also lying vacant.”

In such a situation, the patients have to either go to a private doctor or to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot.

The district has four Covid patients. Of these, three were found infected today. Further, the data procured from the Health Department revealed that not even a single sample for the RT-PCR test was taken today. Only 44 rapid antigen tests were conducted. Of these, 10 tests were conducted by private laboratories,” said sources.

Meanwhile in Sangrur, as two residents tested Covid positive today, residents again started visiting hospital to take vaccination.

But the hospitals have been without Covishield vaccine for the last 10 days.

“I want to complete my vaccination course to go to Canada in January but the hospitals do not have Covishield and they are offering Covaxin. I have got the first dose of Covishield and I should get the second dose also of same vaccine,” said a local while coming out of the Sangrur Civil Hospital (SCH).

Two women from Gharachon and Moonak areas of the district have tested Covid positive.

The figures of the Health Department show that in Sangrur and Malerkotla district, there are 13.56 lakh residents, who are eligible for vaccine. But around 90 per cent have received only the first dose of the vaccine.

“But for three-four days, we have been receiving locals, who want to get the second dose of vaccine. We are offering them Covaxin, but they are adamant for Covishield. We have written to the department as we have been without Covishield for 10 days,” said Dr Kirpal Singh, Senior Medical Officer of the SCH.

“We have sent a demand for Covishield and hopefully we will receive the required doses soon. We have been making the required arrangements,” said Dr Parminder Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Sangrur.

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