A devoted Covid hospital, the civic-run Yeshwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital has turn into the primary to enable one family member to attend to a critical Covid-19 affected person. The family member must be current inside hospital premises and attend to the affected person every time required. The move has raised concerns that it could lead on to additional unfold of the an infection, however has additionally drawn assist with the district administration saying rural hospitals supplied bedside attendants to Covid sufferers.
“We have allowed kin to maintain the affected person in case the affected person occurs to be severely ailing and can’t go to the bathroom. Though we offer mattress pan to such sufferers, they don’t seem to be in a situation to move out of there and go to the bathroom. They need assistance and we can not present a nurse and attendant to every affected person,” stated YCMH dean Dr Rajendra Wable.
Dr Wable stated YCMH has some critical sufferers who wanted ICU beds. “Since we can not present them with an ICU mattress, we preserve them in different wards. Severely ailing sufferers usually are not ready to maintain themselves. And we additionally don’t have employees to consistently attend to a affected person. Whenever a affected person requires assist, our employees name up the relative, who is meant to stay current inside the hospital premises,” he stated.
Dr Wable additionally stated the hospital adopted a correct process on this connection. “We get a kind crammed and signed from kin that they may take all precautions whereas serving to the affected person within the ward,” he stated.
Dr Wable additional stated this sort of apply was solely being adopted at YCM hospital and never in different civic hospitals. “We have 650 sufferers, however don’t have satisfactory employees to take care of every affected person; particularly those that can not move out of their beds,” he added.
Advocate Manisha Jadhav, a resident of Nehrunagar, stated one of her kin, a senior citizen, was lately admitted to YCM hospital. “The affected person was admitted within the normal ward. One of the kin stayed with him. The relative would take the affected person to the bathroom every time required,” she stated.
Jadhav stated a few days later, nonetheless, the relative additionally examined constructive for the virus. “Both have been moved to a personal hospital. How can YCM hospital enable this? This might solely lead to the unfold of the an infection,” she stated.
Jadhav additionally stated the move was definitely within the curiosity of the affected person, however was fraught with threat. “Not solely does the attendee run the danger of contracting Covid-19, however unknowingly, may unfold it to others,” she added.
However, Jayshree Marale, a retired principal of a PCMC faculty, who recovered from Covid-19 in March, stated, “In case of senior residents, presence of a family member works wonders. Otherwise, seniors, if they’re severely ailing, can not even step out of their mattress. It creates the issue of going to the bathroom. Also, if some family member is current, the affected person doesn’t really feel lonely and helpless. Most Covid-19 sufferers are in a state of shock they usually want to be counselled and calmed. This might be completed successfully by a family member,” she stated.
“In my case, the hospital the place I used to be admitted had allowed my family members to meet me and assist me out…” she added.
Dr Prakash Rokde, senior medical officer at government-run Aundh General Hospital, stated, “The Aundh hospital doesn’t enable family members to attend to Covid-19 sufferers. However, I feel if a family member is accessible, the affected person’s morale will get a lift. It acts as a soothing balm for the affected person who’s in a state of shock.”
Citing his personal case, Dr Rokde stated, “One of my shut kin died at a personal hospital on Saturday. He was consistently calling us and telling us that he was alright and must be taken residence. This was out of worry, I suppose… we’d like to preserve Covid sufferers calm, in order that it aids their restoration.”
Dr Rokde, nonetheless, stated, “Allowing a affected person’s relative to keep isn’t a sensible move. This could lead on to the unfold of the an infection… It requires extra precautions and stricter norms.”
The district administration stated the apply was applied at rural hospitals within the first wave. “Though we didn’t enable family members, we have now allowed bedside attendants to maintain Covid-19 sufferers aged over 80, sufferers who have been in a different way abled and lactating pregnant moms,” stated Ayush Prasad, CEO, Pune zilla parishad.
Prasad, nonetheless, stated within the second wave, they’d not but applied the apply. “We have, nonetheless, informed non-public hospitals they will preserve bedside attendants for a sure class of sufferers on cost…” he added.