Lucknow: In a bid to further spruce up healthcare and aid in better COVID care at the district level, ventilator facility will also be provided in district-level hospitals. Helping in that endeavour will be SGPGI which will prepare critical care specialists and other competent staff. The ventilator facility will soon be up and running in 35 district hospitals including three hospitals in the capital. Ventilators have been sent to these hospitals during the COVID period. The responsibility of preparing critical care specialists has been entrusted to SGPGI. There are five or seven ventilators in these hospitals, sent during the pandemic. This will increase the facility to about 200 ventilators.
In the city, the hospitals getting the ventilators were Civil Hospital, Balrampur and Lokbandhu Rajnarayan Joint Hospital. Though 427 ventilators have been sent, their functioning has been affected due to lack of critical care specialists. Seeing the need for intervention, it has been decided that the anaesthetist present in hospitals can be trained in critical care. In the first phase, 200 ventilators will be run. Director-General of Medicine Dr DS Negi has been quoted saying that after completion of training, there will be a ventilator facility in the divisional hospitals. This will reduce the pressure of serious patients on hospitals in the capital.
The district-level hospitals do not yet have ventilator facilities. Some divisional hospitals have ventilators but do not have specialists to operate them. Patients from different districts keep waiting for their turn for ventilators in the medical institutions of the capital. At present, there are around 300 in KGMU, 200 in SGPGI, around 50 ventilators in Lohia Institute. Apart from this, around 200 portable ventilators have also been given to other hospitals in COVID times.