Health department asks hospitals to coordinate during pandemic

SHILLONG, Aug 4: The State’s Health department on Tuesday held discussions with private hospitals on the issue of coordination amongst them so that patients with other ailments do not suffer due to the pandemic.

“Patients who come from any part of the state for treatment there should be coordination among the various hospitals so that if there are shortages of beds and there is a need to isolate patients, such patients can be referred to the next hospital he prefers,” Director of Health Service (MI), Dr. Aman Warr informed.

He said that the meeting was held to avoid a recurrence of the incident at Ganesh Das Hospital wherein a pregnant woman from a containment area was initially refused admission in the hospital. She was later admitted after the intervention of the Director of Health Service but her child died soon after delivery the same evening

Dr. Warr also informed that the meeting discussed the difficulties faced by the staffs of the various hospitals.

According to the Director of Health Service, during the pandemic the dorbar shnongs do not allow the staffs to enter their houses and are asked to quarantine themselves.

“Even patients suffering from other ailments and not COVID-19 are asked to quarantine themselves even though they are certified as fit by the hospitals,” Dr. Warr said.

The Director of Health Service said that the staffs working in the hospitals are more safe than people visiting the markets, since utmost precautions are being taken.

“What guarantee you have that if you go to the market you won’t get COVID,” Dr. Warr said.

The Director of Health Service has appealed to the dorbar shnongs not to be too rigid in their approach against the hospital staffs.