Tribune press service
Shimla, May 12
Non-Covid health services at hospitals in Shimla are affected due to the rapid spread of the pandemic. Rampur Civil Hospital, which accommodates residents of four districts, is without an anesthetist. The only anesthesiologist has been sent on delegation to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDUH), which is overflowing with Covid patients.
No surgery can be performed
- The only anesthesiologist has been sent on delegation to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDUH), which is overflowing with Covid patients.
- In the absence of an anesthetist, the hospital will not be able to perform surgeries, neither urgent nor elective.
“Three doctors have been sent on delegation to DDU Hospital – one each from the departments of medicine, surgery and anesthesia. We have enough medical doctors and surgeons, but no anesthesiologist right now, ”said Dr Suneel Sharma, medical director of the civilian hospital.
In the absence of an anesthetist, the hospital will not be able to perform surgeries, neither urgent nor elective.
Sources said the hospital has started referring pregnant women to Kamla Nehru (KNH) Hospital, Shimla. It takes over four hours to reach Shimla and it is also dangerous to travel at a time when the pandemic is increasing. In addition, the referrals will add to the burden of the already loaded KNH, who takes care of all gynecology and childbirth cases in the city and outlying areas. “There has been an increase in the number of late pregnancy cases. We are also overloaded and understaffed, but we are getting by one way or another, ”said Dr Ambika Chauhan, medical superintendent, KNH.
“A hospital without an anesthetist is just a dispensary. All doctors can do is attend OPDs and refer patients needing surgery to another hospital with an anesthesiologist, ”said one doctor.
Local residents also expressed resentment at the delegation of three doctors, in particular the anesthesiologist. They ask that at least the anesthesiologist be repatriated immediately. “What if an emergency Caesarean section or trauma-related surgery needs to be done? How is the hospital going to handle this? Asked LR Thakur, a resident of Rampur.
He said that Rampur hospital caters to a large population of four districts. “People come here from Karsog to Mandi, in the Anni-Nirmand areas of Kullu, in addition to Kinnaur and Shimla,” he added.
Meanwhile, Rogi Kalyan Samiti of Rampur Hospital also believes that hospital services will be affected in the absence of an anesthesiologist. “Imagine if an ulcer in someone’s stomach bursts. He will have to travel for five hours to be treated in a hospital in Shimla, ”he said.