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ICUs full, Punjab struggles to cope with caseload

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Vishav Bharti
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 16

With a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases, intensive care units in Punjab seem to be bursting at the seams. With most of these already full, patients requiring treatment in ICUs are reportedly being turned away.

The state has reported around 14,000 cases in the first 15 days of this month. The number of deaths during the period was around 400, which was more than the deaths witnessed between March and July.

Sudden Spurt

  • The state saw 14,000 cases in the first 15 days of August
  • Around 400 deaths were reported during this period
  • This was more than the death toll reported between March and July

Gian Sagar Medical College, which provides ICU facility to patients from Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali and Ropar districts, has started sending back such patients. The hospital has 20 ventilators and 300 other beds. Over the past two weeks, the hospital authorities sent back two ambulances carrying high-risk Covid patients on the pretext of non-availability of beds, said a senior health functionary in Mohali district. A doctor posted in the Covid ward at the Ropar district hospital said earlier they were referring high-risk patients to Gian Sagar Hospital, but not anymore as not enough beds were available there.

Even the authorities at government hospitals in Chandigarh seem reluctant to take patients from Punjab. Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, state's nodal officer for Covid, could not be contacted for comment.

from The Tribune

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