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Private hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients from tomorrow

After a surge of Covid-19 cases in India and a possible threat of community transmission, the government has roped in private hospitals and directed them to begin admissions. So far, the private healthcare institutions were only required to collect throat swab samples for suspected Covid-19 patients and advise them to home quarantine while awaiting test results.

, ET Bureau|
Last Updated: Mar 25, 2020, 11.26 AM IST
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The bigger challenge, according to hospitals, is the availability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as face masks and gowns.
New Delhi: Private hospitals will begin treatment and admission of Covid-19 patients from Thursday.

After a surge of Covid-19 cases in India and a possible threat of community transmission, the government has roped in private hospitals and directed them to begin admissions. So far, the private healthcare institutions were only required to collect throat swab samples for suspected Covid-19 patients and advise them to home quarantine while awaiting test results.

As first reported by ET on March 23, the government had asked private hospitals to gear up for treating Covid-19 by identifying separate isolation wards. Even as hospitals will begin admissions from Thursday, they still do not have requisite permissions from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for testing.

“There is a lot of confusion as right now the approvals for testing are coming very slowly,” said a medical superintendent of a private hospital. “We take a swab and a form is filled. This is sent to a government hospital, which gives a go-ahead to collect the sample. Then we collect. There is a first screening report and after another okay, we get a confirmatory report. All this takes six hours to four days. We cannot do this tedious process if numbers increase.”

ET spoke to major private hospital chains, which confirmed that admissions would begin over the next 24 hours by Thursday. All private hospital chains have identified isolation wards, which are accessible from a separate entrance and have independent air ducts to prevent any infection to other patients in the hospitals.

Isolation beds have been kept at a distance of 1 metre and wards have been equipped with oxygen supply and ventilators. The hospitals have identified dedicated manpower, which will work in shorter hour shifts but would work for one week and get two weeks off.

The bigger challenge, according to hospitals, is the availability of personal protective equipment (PPEs) such as face masks and gowns. “We have stocks but we do not have any estimate how long would these last. This is why we are going to advise our staff to use them judiciously.
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The government has assured us a supply chain but we do not know how,” said a senior doctor at a private hospital in Delhi. The hospitals are now looking at quick fixes for PPEs. They have procured non-porous sheets and have asked their tailors to make make-shift gowns and protective gear.

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