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No staff, Sangrur hospitals ‘turn away’ patients

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Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, July 5

A majority of hospitals in the district have become referral centres. Critically ill patients are being referred to other healthcare facilities for treatment. Shortage of medical equipment and lack of trained staff have further compounded the problems.

A total of 16,605 suspected cases of Covid-19 have come to the fore in the district till date, of which 529 have tested positive, 15,741 have tested negative and the remaining are awaiting reports.

The Health Department authorities say 373 patients have cured. A majority of them were asymptomatic. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the district stands at 142. "Of the 14 deaths, a majority of them have taken place in other district hospitals. After a patient's condition starts worsening, we refer him or her to hospitals in either Patiala or Ludhiana," said a Health Department officer requesting anonymity. Eleven deaths were reported from Malerkotla, while the remaining were reported one each from Amargarh, Sherpur and Fatehgarh Punj Garayan.

"The Health Department authorities abdicate from their responsibilities after referring the patients to other district hospitals. We had to face a lot of problems after our area was declared a containment zone," said a family member of a deceased Covid-19 patient from Malerkotla.

"There is a shortage of required health facilities, but our officers are working hard round the clock. At present, we have five ventilators, including two in Sangrur and one each in Sunam, Malerkotla and Dhuri," said Dr Raj Kumar, district Civil Surgeon.

Ramvir, DC, said many Covid patients had been cured successfully in the district. "In the last 24 hours, we have discharged 38 persons from Covid care centres, including Ghabdan and Malerkotla Civil Hospital. We are working round the clock to provide better health facilities to the residents," said the DC.



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