COVID-19 deaths on rise at Patiala’s Rajindra Hospital - ECAS Punjab

COVID-19 deaths on rise at Patiala’s Rajindra Hospital

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Karam Prakash

Tribune News Service

Patiala, August 17

The COVID-19 deaths percentage at Government Rajindra Hospital, a tertiary healthcare institution, has been increasing with each passing day. The daily deaths count has now reached around 12.

The increasing death rate at the hospital has already raised alarm bells for the hospital authorities, the state health department and patients. Until August 15, as many as 155 COVID-19 deaths were reported in the hospital of the 1,075 patients admitted in the COVID ward of the hospital.

The sources at the COVID ward revealed that daily death count had increased from an average of five to seven to 12 in a week.

Meanwhile, the hospital authorities attributed the spike in COVID-deaths-rate to the referral of only more severe COVID patients to the hospital. The authorities claimed that more sick patients from other parts of the state had been referred to the hospital that soared the death rate.

A hospital official at the COVID ward, on anonymity, said: "There is a lack of patient care at the COVID ward. The doctors (consultants), in person, are not visiting the patients, thereby, creating a sense of negligence in the mind of the patients."

In fact, the nurses have already alleged that doctors don't enter the COVID ward. The sources informed that nurses had complained to the hospital authorities against the doctors for failing to address the problems of the patients.

Surbhi Malik, COVID ward in charge at the hospital, is said to have already issued a warning to all department heads to ensure that their consultants, senior residents and junior residents were present at the isolation facility for the entirety of their shift — as per the roster.

"Any lapses in the duty have to be seriously viewed by HODs and the accountability will be fixed within 24 hours of the incident," reads the orders.

When asked about the allegation of consultants not visiting the patients, Surbhi Malik said: "Patient, in fact, can't recognise the visiting person if that is a doctor or not because one has to wear PPE Kits. The consultants are regularly reaching out to the patients. I can categorically say that my consultants are visiting patients."

from The Tribune

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