Hospitals told to postpone planned surgeries, increase Covid-19 beds, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Vadodara: Hospitals in Vadodara have been asked to postpone scheduled elective surgeries till April 10 in wake of the massive rise in hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients in the city. Hospitals not providing Covid-19 treatment so far have been asked to get themselves empanelled as Covid-19 hospitals by March 25.

The officer on special duty for Covid-19 in the city and district Vinod Rao issued a notification for the hospitals on Saturday. Apart from the sharp rise in the number of hospitalisations, the notification aims to ensure that cross-infection of Covid-19 does not take place in hospitals.

After the first wave and the spike after Diwali festivities, the lowest hospitalisation in the city was seen on February 13 when 515 patients were admitted in the city. The number rose drastically since then and reached 2,780 on Saturday.

The hospitals have been asked to postpone scheduled elective surgeries till April 10 except in unavoidable cases. This shall become implementable from Monday.

The notification also asked hospitals to ensure that patients who are eligible for home-based Covid care are not admitted to hospitals needlessly. The hospitals have been asked to advise such patients to go in for care at home from a designated private hospital or from the nearest urban health centre.

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