Mo­hali’s virus toll reaches 57 as five peo­ple suc­cumb

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htregion - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

MO­HALI: With five more peo­ple suc­cumb­ing to Covid-19, the toll in Mo­hali district rose to 57 on Mon­day. As many as 37 peo­ple have died due to the virus in the past 15 days.

Mean­while, with 117 peo­ple test­ing pos­i­tive in the past 24 hours, the num­ber of con­firmed cases went up to 2,919, of which 1,247 are ac­tive.

Those who died were suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes and hy­per­ten­sion, said civil sur­geon Dr Man­jit Singh. They in­clude four men — 65-year-old from Bal­tana, 56-year-old from Dera Bassi, 34-year-old from Sec­tor 68 and 30-year-old from Mataur — be­sides a Mauli Baid­wan woman, aged 70.

Also, with 106 pa­tients be­ing dis­charged on Mon­day, the num­ber of those cured reached 1,515.

NO ELEC­TIVE SURG­ERIES IN TER­TIARY HOS­PI­TALS

Deputy com­mis­sioner Girish Day­alan on Mon­day or­dered that no elec­tive surg­eries, such as joint re­place­ments, cataract ex­trac­tions and lig­a­ment re­pairs, are to be un­der­taken in Level 3 hos­pi­tals (that pro­vide ter­tiary health­care ser­vices by ad­vanced spe­cial­ists) in the next fort­night.

“Rapid surge in Covid-19 cases man­dates es­ca­lat­ing bed strength in ter­tiary care hos­pi­tals, so it has been de­cided that surg­eries that don’t re­quire an im­me­di­ate med­i­cal pro­ce­dure can be sched­uled to be per­formed later,” he said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has also added 200 beds at the Covid Care Cen­tre in Gian Sa­gar Hos­pi­tal and is set­ting up two more test­ing cen­tres at Naya­gaon and So­hana in or­der to ease the pres­sure on the civil hos­pi­tal.

PRI­VATE HOS­PI­TALS TO PRO­VIDE HOME CARE

Also, pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the district would ex­tend med­i­cal care to Covid-19 pa­tients in home iso­la­tion, said Day­alan. A large num­ber of pa­tients have mild or no symp­toms, and do not re­quire hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion, said the DC, adding that “rolling out home care pack­ages will help re­duce avoid­able over­crowd­ing at hos­pi­tals”.

While For­tis and Max Health­care have of­fered to ex­tend home care pack­ages to pa­tients with mild symp­toms, other hos­pi­tals are also ex­plor­ing the pos­si­bil­ity, he said. Pa­tients will get to talk to the doc­tors on video chat, and nurses and paramedics would also be avail­able for video con­sul­ta­tion to en­sure mon­i­tor­ing.

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