Says any lapse on part of private hospitals turning away patients not to be tolerated
Private Hospitals asked to get samples of serious patients tested through truenat machine
Mobile app being prepared to provide real time data of number of vacant beds: DC
Holds meeting with Senior District Adminsitration officials & representation of private hospitals at Bachat Bhawan
Ludhiana, August 01, 2020: Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Mr Anurag Aggarwal today directed all the private hospitals providing Covid treatment in district Ludhiana to reserve at least 50% of their ICU beds for Covid positive patients. He warned the representatives of private hospitals that no lapse on their part regarding turning away patients would not be tolerated by the Punjab government as each and every death case is being monitored minutely by the state government. He said that a formal order in this regard would be issued shortly.
Accompanied by Mrs Tanu Kashyap, MD, Punjab Health Systems Corporation, Mr Anurag Aggarwal today held a meeting with senior district administration officials as well as representatives of private hospitals that are providing Covid treatment to the people.
The meeting was also attended by Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma, Commissioner of Police Mr Rakesh Kumar Agrawal, Director Health Services Punjab Dr Avneet Kaur, ADC (D) Mr Sandeep Kumar, Civil Surgeon Dr Rajesh Kumar Bagga, SDM Ludhiana (East) Dr Baljinder Singh Dhillon, besides several others.
While addressing the meeting, Mr Anurag Aggarwal said that with the number of positive cases increasing, private hospitals should provide more ICU beds as their service towards the society. He said that even if a patient having symptoms comes late to the hospital, he/she should not be denied admission. And if that particular hospital does not have vacant beds, the hospital authorities should refer the patient to either a nearby hospital or to the hospital where beds are available. He said that the District Administration Ludhiana is already having a mechanism in place where the real time situation of beds can be checked and all the hospitals also have access to it. He again reiterated that any patient having symptoms would not be turned away from any private hospital as the Punjab government is serious about this matter.
He informed that the Health Department in Ludhiana is having three TrueNat machines (one at Khanna and two at Civil Hospital Ludhiana). He urged the private hospitals that if any serious patient reach their hospital for treatment, they should immediately contact the health department and their samples should be sent for testing through the TrueNat machines, whose results come in around 2 hours. He said that the private hospitals can send their staff along with the samples to the Civil Hospital. He further said that the private hospitals can only charge rates fixed by the Dr Talwar Committee.
Deputy Commissioner Mr Varinder Kumar Sharma urged the private hospitals to act responsibly and provide best treatment to the patients as their service towards the society. He warned that any lapse on part of private hospitals would not be tolerated. He also informed that a formal mobile application where residents can check status of vacant beds in private hospitals has already been developed and its testing is going on. He assured that this mobile app would be launched in the coming few days.