SAS Nagar, April 01, 2020: The demand for shutting down a private hospital in SAS Nagar for having admitted a COVID-19 positive patient is unjustified and can't be sustained, said Girish Dayalan Deputy Commissioner SAS Nagar.
The Deputy Commissioner informed that he has received some calls to close a private Hospital in Mohali for admitting a COVID-19 positive patient. However, he stated that it is strictly against protocol as it is crucial to have maximum health infrastructure up and running at this time. Moreover, given that the medical facility is observing strict precautions regarding the treatment/isolation/quarantine as per protocol, Dayalan said that hospitals can simply not be made to shut down.
Given the potential magnitude of the pandemic, it is time for government and private health infrastructure to work in tandem. In fact, orders have been passed by the District Administration directing all private hospitals having 10 beds or more to furnish the inventory of beds, ICUs, ventilators etc. to treat/ attend to COVID positive/ or even suspected cases.
Deputy Commissioner said that the public health infrastructure would be overwhelmed in case of the pandemic spreading so the strong private health infrastructure available in the city is crucial to supplement ICU beds/ ventilators needed in the district .