Tribune News Service
Mandi, May 11
The work on a prefabricated Covid hospital at Bhangrotu in Mandi district is getting delayed. The construction work started in February but is yet to be completed.
As Covid-19 cases are rising in Mandi district, the early completion of the hospital is necessary to reduce the burden on the medical college at Nerchowk. This prefabricated hospital will be equipped with modern facilities to provide better medical treatment to the patients.
Over 190 patients were admitted to Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College and Hospital at Nerchowk and new cases are coming every day. All beds equipped with the central oxygen supply system in the medical college have been occupied and now the hospital authorities are providing oxygen supply to the patients with cylinders.
Deputy Commissioner Rugved Thakur has increased the number of beds with oxygen supply at the medical college from 120 to 220. Now, the district administration is planning to increase the number of oxygen beds to 300.
According to Rugved Thakur, besides the medical college, the administration has equipped 135 beds with oxygen supply in other parts of the district — 40 beds in the BBMB Hospital, Sundernagar; 50 in the Mother and Child Hospital, Sundernagar; and 45 in the Civil Hospital, Ratti. There are 88 patients in these hospitals.
The district health authorities are waiting desperately for the early completion of the hospital project so as to accommodate Covid patients. Dr RC Thakur, principal of Nerchowk medical college and hospital, said, “We are waiting for the completion of the project so that we can accommodate patients there. The construction work is in the final phase and the construction company is expected to hand over the hospital to the government soon”.
The Deputy Commissioner said that the situation in the distirct was under control. He urged people to follow the Covid guidelines, as May was a crucial month because Covid was spreading to rural areas rapidly.