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BHOPAL: In view of the rising cases of Covid-19, the authorities have made alternate arrangements of beds for patients at gas relief hospitals. This is being done to reduce load on Hamidia Hospital and AIIMS which is seeing high patients’ flow.

Dr ID Chaurasia, medical superintendent Hamidia Hospital, said, “We are doing our level best to ensure beds for all Covid-19 patients. A few beds have been reserved in gas relief hospitals. This has been done to reduce load on Hamidia Hospital which has 540 beds dedicated for Covid-19 patients.”

There are six gas relief hospitals-- Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital, Kamla Nehru Hospital, Indira Gandhi Women and Child hospital, Khan Shakir Ali Hospital, Pulmonary Medicines Centre, Master Lal Singh Hospital. The administration has reserved 10 -20 beds for Covid patients in these hospitals.

People diagnosed with Coronavirus and running fever with oxygen level 90 to 94, will be admitted to gas relief hospitals where required arrangement for oxygen has been made.  However, if patients also display pneumonia symptoms they would be referred to Hamidia Hospital or AIIMS. The doctors assured that oxygen supply is normal at present.

Doctors have expressed deep concern over people’s lax attitude towards the Covid-19 guidelines. “People should understand that there are limited beds at government-run hospitals and if they are full, then people will have to go to private hospitals where the treatment cost is high. So it is better to follow Covid-19 protocol like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing,” Chaurasia advised.

He informed that asymptomatic patients are advised home isolation, while those having mild symptoms are being admitted to gas relief hospitals and serious Covid-19 patients to Hamidia Hospital.

As per Hamidia Hospital sources, home isolation is decided on the basis of the patient's condition and the patient has no say in that. Doctors regularly monitor the health of the patients in home isolation.

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