With Spike In Covid Cases DAK Urges Admin To Rope In Private Hospitals

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Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Thursday urged the administration to rope in private hospitals to treat corona patients.

In a statement, DAK said it would reduce the burden on government-run hospitals.

“We are back in the eye of the storm, with the second wave of Covid-19 causing surge in cases and hospitalisations too. The virus has once again become dangerous and is behaving aggressively,” DAK said.

The statement said today “we have more patients in hospitals than what we saw during the first wave and we are finding it hard to cope with the rush of patients,” DAK President said in the statement.

He said hospitals are running full and are at the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Patients are struggling to get a bed in ICU. Even oxygen support beds are occupied and patients have to use cylinders to maintain their oxygen levels.

“We should include private hospitals in the fight against Covid-19,” he said.

He said there is an urgent need for private hospitals to take part in the management of Covid-19 patients. “That would ease the pressure on public hospitals, and would relieve the strained staff,” he said.

The DAK president said the number is expected to rise further in coming days as there are still massive number of people in the population who are susceptible to the virus. “Hospitals should prepare for dealing with any eventuality,” he said. “Public safety will depend on hospital preparedness.”

He said hospitals should have separate negative pressure isolation wards for corona patients, he said. “The negative pressure would prevent contaminated air from escaping the ward. These wards should have dedicated ventilators and HEPA filters that would reduce the risk of transmission of the virus. They should have separate entrance so that infected patients don’t risk other patients and staff in the hospital.”

“In order to ensure safe environment for patients, hospitals should adopt strict infection prevention and control measures and vaccination to staff,” said the President.

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