PUDUCHERRY: Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (Jipmer) has increased the number of Covid-19 beds from 229 to 400 following a rapid increase in the number of cases in the in the Union territory of Puducherry.
The institute has also increased the number of intensive care beds from 35 to 61. Similarly, the number of beds with centralised piped oxygen has also been increased.
It has proposed to add an additional 75 beds for Covid-19 services, said a statement from the institute.
“The increasing number of seriously ill patients and those on intensive support has meant increase in the number of healthcare personnel needed to take care of them. Doctors from various specialities are being re-deployed to Covid services and beds and wards on other buildings such as super-speciality block, women and child health, emergency services and institute block are being modified for Covid-care in a step-wise manner, while ensuring that emergency and essential non-Covid services are maintained as best as is possible,” said the statement.
However, the rapid rise in sick patients needing critical care for Covid has meant that the additional facilities at Jipmer get saturated as soon as these are created.
“Thus, while the institute is doing its best, the other healthcare institutions in the region, irrespective of their size, will have to urgently create and re-designate their beds for Covid to manage the rapidly-evolving situation due to the Covid-19 pandemic,” said the release.
The institute regularly reviews the situation and tries to increase the facilities for Covid-19 even further as fast as possible. The institute has requested the public to cooperate in the fight against the pandemic by following measures that can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 infection including.
Elderly persons and people with other diseases like diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases are at risk of severe disease and mortality. The institute requested people with mild symptoms to isolate themselves at home.