Bengaluru: Dedicated facility shut for months even as hospitals run out of beds | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Some major government hospitals treating Covid-19 patients have reached their full capacity, but dedicated Covid hospitals like Charaka have been shut for more than two months due to a staff crunch.
PG medicos are refusing to do only Covid work, and the hospital is waiting for the government to recruit senior residents.
During the pandemic peak last year, Infosys Foundation spent Rs 11 crore to fully equip BBMP-built Charaka hospital.
The hospital was inaugurated in August.
Dr Manoj Kumar, dean and director, Bowring and Lady Curzon hospital that governs Charaka, said the government has been informed of the situation and senior resident doctors would be appointed soon.
Bowring hospital, which has 160 beds dedicated for Covid, has now added 22 more beds. “All our beds are full,” said Dr Manoj.
At Trauma and Emergency Care Centre, there are 143 patients, while Victoria Hospital’s new Covid block has 66 patients.
“We can accommodate a maximum 60 more patients,” said Dr Smita Segu, nodal officer for Covid at Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI).
All 85 beds, besides 45 patients in ICU, at KC General Hospital are full. An ICU unit of five beds has been rendered useless due to faulty air conditioning.
“It’s being repaired, but we have no beds empty for Covid patients,” said Dr BR Venkateshaiah, medical superintendent of the hospital.
Doctors at KC General have told private hospitals nearby not to refer Covid patients to them.
“Many Covid patients need ventilators which they can’t afford in private hospitals. But government hospitals have no beds,” said a doctor who runs a private hospital.
Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases (RGICD) is the only government hospital that has beds, but it is not admitting Covid cases.
It has been reserved to screen, test and treat cases of severe acute respiratory infections (SARI) and influenza-like illnesses (ILI).
“Our hospital was reserved for SARI and ILI cases since no hospital was admitting these people,” said Dr C Nagaraja, director, RGICD.
“We refer all Covid cases, even those who test positive here, to BMCRI.” RGICD has a facility to house Covid patients briefly before they are transferred.
However, health minister K Sudhakar on Tuesday said 33,697 beds have been reserved for Covid across the state.
“There are 15,733 beds with oxygen support in government hospitals, of which 10,083 have been reserved for Covid,” he said.
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