Bathinda, May 9
The AAP district unit has condemned the health department’s decision to convert Advanced Cancer Institute-cum-Hospital here into a Covid care centre, stating that it would make scores of cancer patients vulnerable to the virus.
AAP MLA from Talwandi Sabo Baljinder Kaur said: “The government has failed to provide medical services to people amid pandemic. Cancer patients not only from south Malwa districts, but from adjoining districts of Haryana and even Rajasthan visit the government-run cancer hospital in Bathinda. There is around 250-300 daily patient inflow in OPD and many patients remain admitted in the hospital’s indoor patient unit. Besides, doctors perform surgeries and therapies are administered to cancer patients on daily basis. But the government’s decision to convert the cancer hospital into a Covid care centre has not only affected the treatment being given to patients, but also made them vulnerable to the virus.”
She added: “It is unfortunate that despite knowing that critical cancer patients are already battling with the deadly disease, the government has taken a decision that would further risk their lives.” — TNS