Putting infant lives at risk, none of the government hospitals in the district have pediatric ventilator support system, which is necessary in case of premature births and for those infants suffering from other acute conditions.
The government data reveals that about 2,000 deliveries take place every month in the district’s hospitals, with majority of them at Mata Kaushalya Hospital.
But even this hospital, which functions under Punjab Health Department, does not have even a single ventialtor to deal with emergency cases post delivery.
A Mata Kaushalya’s doctor said they often deal with several premature deliveries and other critical cases that require ventilator, but since it is not available, they have to refer the cases either to Rajindra Hospital or Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.
The government guidelines state that there should be at least one pediatric ventilator and two adult ventilators at district hospital having bed capacity of 200 beds but Mata Kaushalya, having bed capacity of 250 beds, miserably fails on this criterion.
Rajindra hospital ill-equipped too
Rajindra Hospital in Patiala, which is only hope for the entire Malwa region, has only two machines, but many a times they too break down, due to technical reasons.
The hospital conducts over 400 deliveries every month, besides dealing with emergency cases from other hospitals.
Further, not all staff members, both in gynecology and pediatrics departments, are fully trained to operate these machines.
Sources said these two machines were not sufficient, as given the rush of patients, the hospital needs at least five machines.
Private treatment too expensive
Patients, who are referred to PGIMER, choose private hospitals over travelling to Chandigarh. The private clinics, which are established near the Rajindra Hospital, charge Rs 5,000 to Rs 6,000 per day from a patient. This means it could cost about Rs 20,000-24,000 for a stay of four days.