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ICU at civil hospital cries for attention

Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, December 12, 2013
First Published: 20:04 IST(12/12/2013) | Last Updated: 20:06 IST(12/12/2013)

The intensive care unit (ICU) of Shaheed Babu Labh Singh civil hospital is in dire need of attention as even basic equipments at the hospital, including ventilators, air-conditioners, and monitors have been non-functional for the past several months.

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Currently, there is no specialist doctor particularly for the ICU at the hospital due to which heart and other serious patients are referred to private hospitals.

One of biggest government hospitals in the state with 500-bed facility is relying upon only one ventilator, which is kept at trauma centre outside main building of the hospital.

On the other hand, two ventilators kept at the trauma centre of the hospital have not been working for the past few months and most of the patients, who need immediate mechanical breathing support, are referred to private hospitals.

According to details, of the four ventilators available in the ICU, none is functional. Only two air-conditioners are working while four monitors are lying non-functional.

The only ECG machine at the hospital is also lying defunct.

Sources said that patients were not getting facilities as per the standards of the ICU.

They said the ICU had been turned into a general ward, where no specialist doctor is available round the clock. The ICU is being run by the nursing staff only, sources said.

HT also went to take stock of the ICU and found that attendants of patients were freely roaming in the ICU with foot wears on, which increases risk of infection.

Sources said that a report had been submitted to the medical superintendent in this regard as per the guidelines of Indian Society for Critical Care Medicine so that patients could get basic facilities at the hospital.

Medical superintendent Dr Jagjit Singh Cheema said that former director, health department, Dr Ashok Nayyar, had visited the ICU recently and was informed about the problems. Cheema said that the director had assured them of take up the issue with government.

HT tried to contact state health minister Surjit Kumar Jaiyani but he was unavailable for the comments.

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