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As patients arrive at AIIMS OPD, task cut out: Prevent crowding

Written by Ashna Butani
| New Delhi |

October 17, 2020 4:44:37 am


Boards displaying indicators to take care of distance have been positioned at varied factors within the hospital and barricades have been put up, past which solely sufferers with reserving IDs might enter.

With an inflow of sufferers on the OPD of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), authorities have carried out quite a lot of measures to include the unfold of Covid, together with staggered affected person visitation — solely those that guide appointments on-line or by way of name can meet docs. On Friday morning, there was a rush of sufferers who had queued as much as see a health care provider, purchase medicines or follow-up on present situations. The brand new measure meant that when Monu, 30, got here from Rohtak in September relating to a macular scar in her eye, she couldn’t meet the physician. It was solely after calling and reserving an appointment that she lastly bought to satisfy the physician on Friday morning. “We didn’t know in regards to the new system final month, however the guards knowledgeable us. The brand new protocol is best as fewer individuals will wait in line,” she mentioned.

Nonetheless, queues have been inevitable as sufferers and their households waited to purchase medicines following their appointments. The OPD resumed round a month in the past, earlier than which sufferers would go for teleconsultations.

Boards displaying indicators to take care of distance have been positioned at varied factors within the hospital and barricades have been put up, past which solely sufferers with reserving IDs might enter. D Ok Sharma, the medical superintendent at AIIMS, mentioned, “Our OPD is purposeful just for sufferers who’ve taken prior appointments both on-line or by way of calls. So naturally, individuals don’t line up exterior the OPD like earlier than.”
He mentioned sanitisers can be found at entry factors and people who wouldn’t have masks are given it at no cost.

Satya Narayan got here to Delhi from Madhubani in Bihar together with his spouse for a session for his one-year-old son’s situation — a gap in his coronary heart. “We bought an appointment for at this time by way of a name we made a number of days in the past. Since it’s harmful to function on our son due to his age, docs urged we watch for a while. We’ll return in a number of months.”

Munni Devi, 27, alternatively, has to go to the hospital each month for breast most cancers therapy. Her husband, Ram Sabha Rai, 33, mentioned he’s accustomed to the brand new system of reserving appointments. Nonetheless, he mentioned, “Her therapy was halted for months in the course of the lockdown. She was in plenty of ache then.”

As police made rounds of the hospital usually, sufferers saved their masks on to keep away from getting fined. Nonetheless, many didn’t put on the masks correctly. Farhan Naqvi, task supervisor posted within the Safety Management Room, mentioned just a few new sufferers are taken in day-after-day. “New sufferers have to go to the Affected person Reception Centre (PRC) and guide an appointment.”

He mentioned there isn’t a single technique to include crowds and social distance markings have additionally been made inside lifts urging individuals to take care of distance. “Various measures are in place,” he mentioned.

A safety guard stationed at a gate mentioned, “We attempt to make sure that individuals put on masks. However it will get so crowded typically that it turns into a process.”

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