The Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital is set to get its stroke unit, second such government health institute in the state, on Wednesday to treat the patients suffering from stroke free of cost.
Four of the beds in the civil hospital’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) have been reserved for stroke patients.
The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) has also been revamped with modern health facilities like medical gas pipelines finally installed.
The medical specialists and staff nurses have also been trained in the treatment being offered to patients.
The medicines will be offered free of cost to the patients. The facility of the CT scan is already available in the hospital which is the round the clock facility in the state.
The vaccine, which is called TPA, costs around Rs 40,000 Rs 50,000 in private hospitals and its availability has been made in the hospital free of cost.
A senior doctor said that a stroke unit does not need any special infrastructure.
It needs a dedicated and trained nurse, a physician and physiotherapist.
He said that the patients, recovering from a stroke, need emotional care and family support and such training has already been given to the staff and doctors in the hospital.
He said that the stroke treatment will be the second unit in the state after Patiala’s Rajendra Hospital and in the coming days, these will be opened in other areas which has the facility of 24-hour city scan.
Civil surgeon Dr Rajiv Bhalla revealed that the stroke warning symptoms are sudden weakness, numbness on the one side of the body, sudden trouble speaking or understanding, sudden loss of vision in one eye, sudden imbalance, sudden headache and loss of consciousness.
He appealed to the people to come to thee civil hospital whenever they notice such symptoms for immediate treatment.
He added that the causes of stroke include high blood pressure, smoking or tobacco consumption, diabetes, high cholesterol and others.