ICUs full, Punjab struggles to deal with caseload


Vishav Bharti
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, August 16

With a sudden spike in Covid-19 instances, intensive care models in Punjab appear to be bursting on the seams. With most of those already full, sufferers requiring remedy in ICUs are reportedly being turned away.

The state has reported round 14,000 instances within the first 15 days of this month. The variety of deaths in the course of the interval was round 400, which was greater than the deaths witnessed between March and July. 

Sudden Spurt 

  • The state noticed 14,000 instances within the first 15 days of August
  • Around 400 deaths had been reported throughout this era
  • This was greater than the demise toll reported between March and July

Gian Sagar Medical College, which offers ICU facility to sufferers from Fatehgarh Sahib, Mohali and Ropar districts, has began sending again such sufferers. The hospital has 20 ventilators and 300 different beds. Over the previous two weeks, the hospital authorities despatched again two ambulances carrying high-risk Covid sufferers on the pretext of non-availability of beds, stated a senior well being functionary in Mohali district. A health care provider posted within the Covid ward on the Ropar district hospital stated earlier they had been referring high-risk sufferers to Gian Sagar Hospital, however not anymore as not sufficient beds had been obtainable there.

Even the authorities at authorities hospitals in Chandigarh appear reluctant to take sufferers from Punjab. Dr Rajesh Bhaskar, state’s nodal officer for Covid, couldn’t be contacted for remark.



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