Three ladies on 1 mattress at Karnal maternity ward


Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, July 20

Two to 3 ladies on one mattress is a typical sight on the gynaecology ward of the Karnal Civil Hospital, the place ladies have been battling the agony of overcrowding alongside labour ache.

Limited area

We earlier had 20 beds. Eight extra had been added by turning the ready corridor right into a ward. There isn’t any additional scope now.— Dr Piyush Sharma, Principal medical officer

Anti-natal, post-natal and abortion sufferers have been pressured to place up collectively, exposing them to the chance of an infection amid the Covid pandemic. The ward has 28 beds to cope with an enormous rush of sufferers, together with these being referred from Kalpana Chawla Government Medical College, which has been transformed right into a Covid centre. Around 40 sufferers flip up day by day, says an official.

“We have little choice but to share a bed. There are several beds that have three patients each. The hospital staff attribute the rush to the closure of gynae ward at the Kalpana Chawla hospital,” says a girl whose daughter-in-law delivered a toddler three days in the past. Hospital keep is without doubt one of the most horrifying experiences for the pregnant ladies, who’re in immense ache each earlier than and post-delivery, claims one other attendant. An official says in comparison with a complete of two,364 deliveries in 2019, 2,327 deliveries have already been carried out until July 19 this yr. Apart from beds, the ward is dealing with scarcity of docs too as just one gynaecologist is out there in opposition to the requirement of 4.

Dr Piyush Sharma, Principal Medical Officer, maintains there positively is a scarcity of beds and docs. “We earlier had 20 beds. Eight more were added by converting the waiting hall into a ward. There is no scope for further expansion,” he provides.



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