Delhiites turn to Punjab hospitals for treatment, Health Department on alert - ECAS Punjab

Delhiites turn to Punjab hospitals for treatment, Health Department on alert

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Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, June 12

With the Covid situation turning from bad to worse in Delhi, many from the national Capital have been rushing to Punjab for testing and treatment of the infection, a development that has the health authorities worried.

Worrying trend

We have informed the Director, Health and Family Welfare. Such patients should not be counted in the Punjab caseload, but in that of Delhi. — Dr Harish Malhotra, Patiala Civil Surgeon

A 57-year-old bank manager, posted in Delhi for the past several years, tested positive for the disease in Patiala yesterday. His son claimed after showing corona symptoms, his father visited several hospitals for treatment, but wasn't entertained anywhere.

In another case, an elderly couple has been admitted to Government Rajindra Hospital here. Officials said the husband-wife duo visited the health facility as soon as they reached Patiala from Delhi on Wednesday. They had got tested at a private lab in the Capital and were found positive.

Concerned over the emerging trend, the Health Department has alerted the policymakers to find a solution.

Patiala Civil Surgeon Dr Harish Malhotra said it appeared as if all of them were visiting the state on purpose—for corona treatment. "We have informed the Director, Health and Family Welfare. Such patients should not be counted in the Punjab caseload, but in that of Delhi," he said. Sources said people from Delhi were approaching their friends, extended family members and acquaintances in Punjab to find accommodation on rent. A property dealer said he was hunting for a 'kothi' (house) on rent in Mohali for two families from Delhi.

Dr Sumeet Singh, District Epidemiologist, said, "There have been several cases of people from Delhi visiting their relatives and friends in Punjab as the situation in the Capital seems to be worsening by the day. The corona positivity rate of those coming from the NCR and Maharashtra is quite high compared to other places."



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