AIIMS OPD ser­vices to re­sume on May 20

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - SPOTLIGHT - Anonna Dutt

› All the de­part­ments will open up the clin­ics in a phased man­ner, be­gin­ning this week.

DR DK SHARMA, med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent, AIIMS

NEW DELHI : Af­ter a hia­tus of nearly two months, the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences (AIIMS) is plan­ning to restart its out-pa­tient clin­ics on Wed­nes­day with re­stricted con­sul­ta­tions, ac­cord­ing to hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials.

The clin­ics were shut on March 24, when Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi an­nounced a na­tion­wide lock­down to con­tain the spread of Covid-19.

Be­fore that, at least 10,000 pa­tients vis­ited the OPD clin­ics each day, with around 40% ar­riv­ing from other parts of the coun­try.

The OPD ser­vices were stopped days af­ter the sec­ond phase of the ser­vices were moved to a new block.

“We are plan­ning to restart the out-pa­tient clin­ics some­time this week. The num­ber of peo­ple who will be al­lowed in the clin­ics every day will be re­stricted to main­tain so­cial dis­tanc­ing. All the de­part­ments will open up the clin­ics in a phased man­ner, be­gin­ning this week,” Dr DK Sharma, the med­i­cal su­per­in­ten­dent of the hos­pi­tal, said.

Ac­cord­ing to doc­tors of the hos­pi­tal, the clin­ics are likely to re­sume ser­vices on Wed­nes­day.

The hos­pi­tal has been con­tem­plat­ing restart­ing the ser­vices from April-end, how­ever, tak­ing care of Covid-19 pa­tients is drawing on most of the hos­pi­tal’s man­power and re­sources.

With the hos­pi­tal treat­ing Covid-19 pa­tients in its trauma cen­tre on Ring Road and the can­cer cen­tre in Jha­j­jar, the main hos­pi­tal has been han­dling emer­gency ser­vices, in­clud­ing the emer­gent and semi-emer­gent surg­eries.

Three op­er­at­ing the­atres have been run­ning round-the­clock in the hos­pi­tal. The hos­pi­tal has ad­mit­ted at least 447 Covid-19 pa­tients.

The doc­tors are, how­ever, pro­vid­ing tele­con­sul­ta­tion to pa­tients who reg­is­tered with them at the be­gin­ning of April.

Along with OPD, sur­gi­cal ser­vices are also likely to be scaled up.

“Sev­eral pa­tients who come to our OPD need ad­mis­sion and surg­eries, hence we need to open up these ser­vices too,” Dr Sharma said.

AIIMS di­rec­tor Dr Ran­deep Gu­le­ria had ear­lier said sim­ple surg­eries such as gall stone re­moval and her­nia will be started in the first phase as they need fewer days of ad­mis­sion and min­i­mal use of ven­ti­la­tors.

Ear­lier this month, Delhi health min­is­ter Satyen­dar Jain had asked Union health min­is­ter Harsh Vard­han to in­ter­vene to scale up non-Covid ser­vices at the city’s four Cen­tral gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals.

“I re­quest that the cen­tral gov­ern­ment ded­i­cate one of its hos­pi­tals in Delhi for the treat­ment of Covid-19 pa­tients and the oth­ers for non-Covid treat­ment. There have been cases of pa­tients be­ing re­fused rou­tine treat­ment... I urge you to restart the other fa­cil­i­ties for nonCovid pa­tients,” Jain had said in the meet­ing held in the first week of this month.

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