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In Faridkot, 200-bed govt medical college shares Covid load of 7 districts

Written by Raakhi Jagga
| Faridkot |

Revealed: July 28, 2020 11:24:54 pm

Whereas Faridkot has gone from three circumstances on April 28 to 261 circumstances on July 28, the district has solely 66 energetic circumstances, with no deaths attributable to coronavirus. (representational)

A small district in south-west Punjab, Faridkot, had 66 energetic Covid-19 circumstances as on Tuesday. However the district has change into a nodal level for offering Covid care to seven districts, together with itself, because it homes a 200-bed authorities medical faculty hospital. A better take a look at the stock of the Guru Gobind Singh Medical Faculty and Hospital (GGSMCH) revealed that it shares load of important sufferers from Bathinda, Mansa, Muktsar, Moga, Ferozepur, Fazilka and Faidkot.

Whereas Faridkot has gone from three circumstances on April 28 to 261 circumstances on July 28, the district has solely 66 energetic circumstances, with no deaths attributable to coronavirus. Nevertheless, the GGSMCH has seen 5 deaths of coronavirus sufferers, all from outdoors the district. The newest loss of life on the hospital was of Dr Parvinder Kamboj, a 45-year-old Assistant Professor from DAV B.Ed faculty, Abohar. Dr Kamboj was a Covid-19 suspect, who was declared unfavourable after his loss of life. The circumstances of his loss of life are actually being probed by a committee arrange by Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences (BFUHS) to look into the matter after the household alleged negligence.

“Thus far there was no loss of life attributable to Covid-19 in Faridkot. Nevertheless, 5 constructive sufferers have died in GGSMCH who got here from Ferozepur, Fazilka, Moga and Ludhiana. Many Covid-19 suspects have additionally died attributable to their important diseases, although that they had turned out to be unfavourable afterward. We’re inquiring within the case of Dr Kamboj. He was very sick…however the ward had oxygen help, ventilator and so on all amenities. Nevertheless, the affected person’s BP was very low. In any case, inquiry will reveal the whole lot,” stated Dr Rajeev Joshi, Medical Superintendent, GGSMCH.

The medical faculty hospital has 200 beds, and as of now 100 have been earmarked for important sufferers and the remainder for non-Covid circumstances. All beds have oxygen facility and 21 have ventilator help.

Dr Joshi added, “We’re a referral centre primarily for six districts apart from Faridkot. At occasions, sufferers from Ludhiana additionally come right here. In reality, we don’t say no to sufferers coming from any a part of Punjab. Thus far, over 600 sufferers have come to GGSMCH since March from totally different districts together with Faridkot. These additionally included suspects as nicely who had been important and had Covid like signs.”

District’s assets

In the meantime, out of 66 energetic sufferers in Faridkot, 33 are in Stage 1, 6 in Stage 2 and 15 in Stage Three Covid care.

The Stage 2 Covid Care Centres are at Group Well being Centre, Sadiq, Bajakhana with 85 beds in whole.

Dr Rajinder Kumar, Civil Surgeon, Faridkot, stated, “All our Stage 2 beds are oxygen beds, however we’ve no ventilators and no ICU in any of our district hospital. Medical faculty is of Punjab authorities, however it’s managed by BFUHS. We refer sufferers if wanted as it’s authorities hospital. We’ve an added benefit.”

“Medical faculty has whole 47 Covid-19 sufferers as of now. Out of this 15 are from Faridkot,” stated Dr Vikramjit Singh, district epidemiologist.

The Civil Surgeon added, “We’ve no primary life help (BLS) ambulance in our Stage 2 hospitals however have 5 ambulances of the 108 scheme. I’ve a wishlist that our district civil hospital and group well being centres also needs to be geared up to deal with important sufferers (Covid or non- Covid) fairly than relying on a regular basis on medical faculty, which caters to the push of 7-Eight districts of Punjab.”

In line with Civil Surgeon Dr Rajinder Kumar, the district had a 45 per cent scarcity of well being workers, and it wants ICU, ventilators within the Stage 2 hospitals.

“We want superior life help (ALS) and BLS ambulance for the district Civil Hospital for shifting critical circumstances from DCHCs to tertiary care centres,” the Civil Surgeon stated.

Nevertheless, the GGSMCH, which is without doubt one of the oldest medical schools of Punjab, was offered a BLS ambulance by Faridkot MP Mohd Sadiq in mid-April.

V-C Dr Raj Bahadur stated,”Now our college has three BLS ambulances — one at Bathinda, one other at Jalalabad and third at Faridkot. All centres are underneath college and therefore sufferers from these locations will be despatched to medical faculty in important situations. These locations are at a distance of round 70 km from Faridkot.”

Bathinda and Ferozepur MPs, Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Sukhbir Badal, had bought BLS ambulances for Bathinda and Jalalabad, respectively, utilizing MPLAD funds.

Testing facility

The medical faculty additionally has a laboratory for testing Covid sufferers and this automated lab can do as much as 3,000 assessments in a day. This laboratory handles assessments from Eight districts of Punjab — Faridkot, Moga, Fazilka, Ferozepur, Bathinda, Muktsar, Mansa and Barnala.

“If wanted, even districts like Ludhiana can ship us samples. We’re able to deal with the load,” stated Dr Neerja Jindal, head of the microbiology division of GGSMCH. However however that declare, Dr Kamboj’s take a look at report had come again unfavourable on July 23, after his loss of life, regardless of the pattern being logged in medical faculty’s official data on July 21.


Whole sufferers: 261

Lively Covid circumstances: 66

100-bed Stage 1 facility
85-bed Stage 2 facility

100-bed Stage Three facility at govt medical faculty

21 – Ventilators

1 – BLS ambulance primarily based at Faridkot medical faculty

5 – Swab assortment centres

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