As many as 209 patients were transferred out of the hospital
NEW DELHI: In the wake of the Hindu Rao hospital being declared a Covid-19 designated facility, its chief medical officer issued an order to close the OPD services indefinitely from Tuesday.
An official said as many as 209 patients had been transferred out of the hospital and sanitisation was being carried out on the premises. Most of the admitted patients were shifted to other municipal facilities, added a doctor.
However, lack of staff and resources hit the process of transferring the patients hard. “Most of the patients were just provided slips mentioning the hospitals to which they had been transferred and no ambulances were provided. They faced difficulty all through the day,” a senior doctor said.
Doctors said that shortage of resources was going to be a key problem while managing the Covid-19 only facility. “Testing is our main concern. Our samples are mostly sent to the NCDC labs or Army’s RR hospital, but the process keeps getting disrupted frequently,” a doctor said.
“Not only is the contactless thermometer in the fever clinic lying defunct, but corona samples are also not being taken regularly. While Hindu Rao has 980 beds, 37 are unavailable due to a section of the building being dangerous,” added a staff.
A senior doctor said that guidelines are being framed and four wards under the medicine department are likely to receive the first batch of Covid-19 patients. “Each ward has 40 beds with 16 points with oxygen supply. There are 17 ventilators, but eight of them are being used in the ICU,” the doctor added.
When contacted, standing committee chairman of the north corporation, Jai Prakash, said he would inspect the facility on Tuesday and all the complaints regarding infrastructure problems would be sorted. “We will take help from the state or the central government if required,” he added.