DHD running short of beds for covid patients

DIMAPUR, MAY 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/8/2021 2:45:12 PM IST

 Staff Reporter

With daily rise in the number of new Covid cases in Dimapur, the District Hospital Dimapur(DHD) is being overwhelmed with demands for beds everyday and doctors say a saturation point will be reached within a week. Out of 100 beds at DHD, it has six ICUs beds (4 for Covid and 2 reserved for emergency), 11 highdependency unit beds.

A doctor in the DHD told this Reporter that the designated allocation of beds for Covid patients were already full and which has compelled the hospital to add new wards every day which were otherwise, reserved only for emergency cases. He said if the demands for beds continue at the present rate, then the hospital would be out of beds in couple of days.

In order to tide over the imminent emerging crisis, the doctor felt that the District Task Force for Covid in Dimapur need to look for urgent solution with private hospitals. The doctor said since private hospitals are well equipped to accommodate and care for Covid patients, they could be asked to reserve some wards or beds for Covid patients so as to greatly ease the burden on the DHD.

“The pandemic is an international crisis and the medical fraternity is put to test, and if we stand together to fight, we will succeed”, he stated. He held the view that giving priority for admission of serious Covid patients was critical in the fight against the pandemic second wave. The doctors also emphasised on strict adherence to Covid protocol behaviour by public in order to make the current containment rules effective to check the spread of the virus.

State government earlier this week had directed all private hospitals to provide treatment for Covid patients and reserve at least 50 percent of their bed capacity in normal wards and ICU for treatment of Covid patients. For this, senior Health department officials led by principal secretary, principal director and others will be visiting the private hospitals in Dimapur to assess the ground situation.

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