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Out of the 208 hospitals listed within the dashboard, 60 don’t have a single affected person. TOI referred to as up 10 of these hospitals with out Covid sufferers positioned in Kallakurichi, Namakkal, Dindigul and Thanjavur, who both refused to confess sufferers or had been non-committal.
The hospitals cited lack of amenities similar to isolation ward, separate entrance, lack of satisfactory docs and employees. Some even stated they didn’t have testing kits.
“We refer Covid positives to the government hospitals as we do not have facilities for isolation ward,” stated a consultant from Sri Sanjeevi Hospital in Kallakurichi.
Annai Medical Centre in Kallakurichi refused to provide particulars of the vacant beds and didn’t commit on admitting a affected person. “Let the patient come to the hospital. Our doctors would decide where they can be sent,” he stated.
A consultant of Aravinth Hospital in Namakkal initially stated they may refer the affected person to a different facility however later stated they had been able to admit Covid sufferers.
Diocese of Thanjavur Our Lady of Health Hospital, which has all of the 59 beds accessible, stated they don’t seem to be able to confess Covid sufferers. “We don’t have a physician. We have informed about the situation to government health authorities,” stated a consultant of the hospital.
Shifa Hospital in Dindigul stated they might begin admitting sufferers from subsequent week, whereas St Joseph’s hospital in the identical district stated they might begin admitting from Tuesday. “We have just got all the necessary arrangements for Covid ward ready,” stated a hospital spokesperson.
Several Covid sufferers from these districts are persevering with to flock to locations like Coimbatore the place massive company personal hospitals admit them.
PSG hospital in Coimbatore has taken in additional than 150 sufferers from Kallakurichi.
State well being secretary J Radhakrishnan stated that based mostly on a TOI report, they’ve begun eradicating hospitals from the checklist that didn’t admit sufferers. “The exercise is not complete. It is a continuous process. We have asked all hospitals to treat Covid patients. No hospital can refuse a patient,” he stated.
President of the TN chapter of Indian Medical Association Dr C N Raja stated personal hospitals are cooperating with the federal government, however these hospitals have points that must be addressed. “Bigger hospitals are admitting Covid patients. It’s the smaller ones that are reluctant because of additional expenditure, manpower shortage and fear of losing other patients,” he stated.
A hospital in Dindigul stated 4 of their employees left after their facility was enlisted for Covid remedy and extra upkeep employees are reluctant to return. In semi–city areas, common sufferers cease visiting Covid hospitals chopping down the income. On the opposite hand, upkeep value shoots up due to PPE, disinfecting the premises and altering the buildings to create isolation wards.
“Staff also seek higher remuneration to work in Covid care since there is threat of getting infected. The government should pass a GO based on its earlier announcement of providing solatium to infected health workers,” Raja stated.