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Hope of Malwa region: Rajindra Hospital has no neurosurgeon

Friday’s road accident, which claimed 14 lives in Fazilka, has also brought focus on the state of trauma services in Malwa region, apart from highlighting other issues. The emergency wards of both hospitals never take any serious head injury patients who need attention immediately after accidents.

punjab Updated: Dec 11, 2016 15:02 IST
Avtar Singh
Rajindira Hospital, Patiala, refer serious cases to PGIMER in Chandigarh. It puts lives of patients in danger as sometimes they succumb to their injuries on their way to Chandigarh.
Rajindira Hospital, Patiala, refer serious cases to PGIMER in Chandigarh. It puts lives of patients in danger as sometimes they succumb to their injuries on their way to Chandigarh. (Bharat Bhushan/HT Photo)

Friday’s road accident, which claimed 14 lives in Fazilka, has also brought focus on the state of trauma services in Malwa region, apart from highlighting other issues.

The emergency wards of both hospitals never take any serious head injury patients who need attention immediately after accidents.

“Doctors often handle small head injury patients but in case of some serious injuries we have to refer to PGIMER because we have no neurosurgeon in government Rajindra hospital,” said, Dr BL Bhardwaj, principal government medical college, Patiala.

SANGRUR REFERS DIRECTLY TO PGI

“Our doctors try their best to save the patients, but due to lack of neurosurgeons, we prefer to refer patient. As the situation of Rajindra hospital is same, we never recommend Rajindra, because it would be a waste of time; eventually they will also refer to PGI, so it is better to refer them directly to Chandigarh,” said, Dr Balwant Singh, senior medical officer, civil hospital, Sangrur.

Sangrur civil hospital (HT File Photo)

“The emergency services are very poor in civil hospital. A single doctor along with a paramedical staff is not sufficient; at least there should be two doctors and two paramedical employees in a single shift” said, Swaranjit Singh, convener, Paramedical and Health Employees Union Punjab.

ROAD MISHAPS TAKE HUNDRED OF LIVES EVERY YEAR

Mehlan Chowk, Mahlan and in Sangrur city Nabha gate near BSNL park and Dhuri road bridge have been witnessing major road accidents for a long time. The stray animals are roaming on roads and become the cause of accidents. Now accidents are increasing due to foggy days and nights.

In this year till November, 189 people have died in road accidents and 331 got injured in Sangrur district. Last year, situation was even worse as 254 died and 319 were injured.