Sing­ing, gos­sip­ing keep­ing Covid-19 pa­tients’ spir­its high in Ba­nur

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Me and my 13 fam­ily mem­bers are ad­mit­ted here. We feel at home and spend time watch­ing TV, talk­ing to other kin over the phone and re­gal­ing each other with funny sto­ries. 58-YEAR-OLD MAN WHO RE­TURNED FROM NANDED

MO­HALI: It’s a bat­tle zone all right, but 72 Covid-19 pa­tients at the Gian Sa­gar Hospi­tal in Ba­nur, Pun­jab, are keep­ing their spir­its high by watch­ing TV, check­ing the lat­est news on their mo­bile phones, crack­ing jokes, and yes, even gos­sip­ing.

The pa­tients from Mo­hali, Fate­hgarh Sahib and Rup­na­gar, have been iso­lated in spe­cial wards and are shar­ing light­hearted ban­ter and sto­ries from home. Most of them are asymp­to­matic.

Things are good, “We get morn­ing tea and healthy meals three times a day and the menu is changed ev­ery week. There are around 30 beds and a tele­vi­sion set in each ward,” said a pa­tient.

The Pun­jab gov­ern­ment had on March 17 des­ig­nated the 300-bed Gian Sa­gar hospi­tal as its quar­an­tine centre.

Pa­tients are be­ing ad­mit­ted there since March 25, and 32 have al­ready been re­leased af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the dis­ease.

“Our front­line doc­tors and medical staff al­ways keep the pa­tients jovial. We have toys for chil­dren in the wards and the menu can be changed if they want it so. At present, we have a seven-year-old pa­tient with us. Al­most all the pa­tients are asymp­to­matic and are re­spond­ing well to treat­ment,” said Dr SPS Go­raya,

medical su­per­in­ten­dent of the hospi­tal.

As most pa­tients have their mo­bile phones with them, the hospi­tal was plan­ning to pro­vide WiFi ser­vices in the wards, Dr Go­raya added.

A 58-year-old man from

Prem­garh vil­lage who was ad­mit­ted on April 30 af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive upon his re­turn from Sri Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Ma­ha­rash­tra, said “13 of my fam­ily mem­bers who also tested pos­i­tive are ad­mit­ted here. We feel at home over here and most of us spend time watch­ing TV, talk­ing to other fam­ily mem­bers on the phone and re­gal­ing each other with funny sto­ries. We don’t have any symp­toms and feel hale and hearty. It’s hard to be­lieve we have Covid-19,” he said.

A 55-year-old pa­tient from Am­rala vil­lage in Dera Bassi said most of the pa­tients were re­lated to each other and pass­ing time talk­ing to each other and gos­sip­ing. “We are call­ing up rel­a­tives and also re­ceiv­ing calls from our near and dear ones and oth­ers who wish us well.” She says she does miss home, but hopes to go back “as the days are pass­ing by quickly.”

Pa­tients watch­ing the tele­vi­sion at Gian Sa­gar Hospi­tal in Ba­nur, Mo­hali district, on Sun­day. HT PHOTO

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