Don’t panic, JIPMER will proceed to deal with COVID outpatients

A latest launch by JIPMER Puducherry results in confusion over ‘suspension’ of outpatient providers

The Tamil translation of the press launch was not interpreted correctly.

A latest press launch by the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Training and Analysis (JIPMER), Puducherry, has created a variety of confusion and panic on and offline.

It has stated that from April 26 (Monday) all outpatient providers could be suspended. For the reason that Tamil translation of the discharge has not interpreted it correctly, the social media is agog with hypothesis whether or not the distinguished medical establishment goes to close the outpatient division indefinitely.

Nevertheless, the assertion in English has clearly acknowledged: “It has been determined to droop bodily visits for ‘elective’ OPS providers quickly from April 26”. The Tamil press launch says “all forms of OPD have been suspended”. This gave an impression that the hospital wouldn’t deal with even COVID optimistic outpatients.

The English launch says: “To offer care to critically ailing COVID-19 sufferers and to cut back the chance of transmission of COVID to non-COVID sufferers coming for OPD session” it determined to droop some OPDs.


It additionally added: “The hospital may also be suspending admissions for ‘non-emergency’ providers and limiting the variety of elective surgical procedures. In Tamil launch, “non-emergency” has been interpreted as “every kind of therapies.”

“We remorse that there’s some downside within the interpretation,” stated a health care provider from the hospital on the situation of anonymity.

“Earlier, the outpatients registered themselves and visited specialties involved. The emergency and acute circumstances immediately got here to the casualty. Submit COVID, to forestall the virus from spreading, we had a separate place for COVID optimistic outpatients. After they confirmed the signs, we did RT-PCR assessments and in the event that they turned optimistic, they had been intimated by telephone. If the illness is delicate, they’ll get therapy from their dwelling. And in the event that they turned to be average and extreme, they might be admitted,” stated the physician.

Whereas this process continues, the opposite specialties which have the visits from non-COVID, non-emergency are to be closed.

“The individuals with Covid signs can come to the hospital and provides the check. There’s additionally a separate place which has been organized for COVID outpatients inside the hospital campus and so they may also use that,” it added.

When requested whether or not there’s any scarcity of beds, the physician stated, it’s not concerning the availability of beds, however the beds with the oxygen facility.

“Each medical faculty has enough beds, however beds with oxygen and ventilators are much less. For instance, in Puducherry a few days about 300 sufferers had been examined optimistic. Of which solely 40 sufferers wanted beds with oxygen and out of that 40 solely 20 had been in a situation to be shifted for ICU, the place beds with oxygen and ventilators are current.

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The cardiology and different departments have given their ICUs, so we had been capable of attend the opposite Covid optimistic regular sufferers. Thus far we’re capable of handle, but when individuals don’t put on masks and proceed to assemble in public, we will’t management the unfold”, he stated.

Muthukannu, a resident of Puducherry, stated since this hospital is known for offering high quality therapy for oncology, sufferers from neighbouring states like Tamil Nadu come right here.

“As a result of suspension of outpatient providers, these persons are going to be extremely affected,” he stated.

Sugumaran, a member of the Federation of Folks’s Rights which filed a case within the Madras Excessive Courtroom looking for a lockdown within the Union Territory, stated the Lieutenant Governor is attempting her finest to maintain the state of affairs beneath management.

“We filed the case in September 2020. One among our prayers was to extend the assessments. The elected authorities hasn’t performed that. The Governor’s workplace does take actions solely once we push them to behave, in any other case it goes into inertia,” he stated. It’s whereas listening to this case, the court docket has requested the Lt Governor to file a standing report on Monday.

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