Coronavirus Punjab: Elective surgeries being postponed

Concerns flagged over rising number of fatalities, especially while shifting the patients from L2 to L3 facilities

Coronavirus Punjab: Elective surgeries being postponed

Principal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, PunjabPrincipal Secretary Health and Family Welfare, Punjab Mr. Hussan Lal today chaired a virtual meeting with private hospitals of the state for COVID-19 management. He urged the private hospitals on board for COVID-19 treatment to defer the elective surgeries at least till 30th April to meet the rising demand for Covid beds.

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In a bid to ensure hassle-free COVID-19 vaccination drive and treatment services at COVID Care hospitals, the Health Minister Mr. Balbir Singh Sidhu on Saturday conducted the surprise checking of 4 Government Hospitals at Kharar, Morinda, Chamkaur Sahib, and Ropar.

Giving details in the press statement, Mr. Sidhu informed that on the directives of Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, the Health Department is conducting the massive vaccination drive at more than 2500 centers in Punjab where adequate arrangements have been made for the facility of beneficiaries. He said that with the aim to provide standardized facilities, he today conducted surprise checking at the ground zero levels.

While interacting with the beneficiaries at all vaccination centers, the Health Minister appealed to the beneficiaries to motivate others and come together with the state government to remove the hesitancy regarding the COVID-19 Vaccine. He also instructed the staff to properly sensitize all the beneficiaries who are coming to get the vaccination.

Mr. Sidhu apprised that acting on the appeal of CM Punjab regarding the shortage of vaccine in State, Centre Government will now send the fresh batches of 4 lakh doses by tomorrow.

Principal Secretary directed all the private hospitals to charge at government fixed rates for the treatment and avoid overcharging. There are 213 private hospitals on board for the COVID-19 treatment in the state at present and the Government has provided 230 ventilators to private hospitals which should be used optimally.


Principal Secretary Health expressed concern about the rising number of fatalities, especially while shifting the patients from L2 to L3 facilities, and advised that referral should be made in time. He stated that more than 20,000 doses of Remdisivir have been provided to Government and Private hospitals and these were available free of cost.


He further exhorted the hospitals to treat the patient at the level of which they have the facilities available and the patient should be referred to the appropriate level well in time, if they feel that the patient requires higher level of hospitalization. Regarding the Covid Vaccine, the Principal Secretary advised that being a very precious item, its wastage should be avoided.   He urged private hospitals to set up COVID Vaccination centers to facilitate vaccinations.




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