State Times NewsJAMMU: Balvinder Singh, a Social Activist has urged the LG Manoj Sinha, Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam and Financial Commissioner H&ME Atal Dulloo to start Gandhi Nagar Hospital’s OPD at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital Gangyal, which is easily accessible and has well-equipped infrastructure and surplus staff. Rajiv Gandhi Hospital can easily handle OPD of Gandhi Nagar Hospital, as it has adequate facilities like X-ray, Ultrasound & others, he added.Balvinder further said that problems of general people should not be overlooked while fighting spread of COVID-19. It is time to realise that combating COVID-19 is critical but healthcare services for other patients can no longer be ignored. “As the emaciated Healthcare system attempts to break tide of coronavirus pandemic, the highest cost for the fight has been borne by non-COVID patients. OPD of Gandhi Nagar Hospital was suspended on 25th March 2020 when administration declared Govt Gandhi Nagar Hospital as COVID Hospital. Since then, patients who use to visit the Hospital for routine check-up are suffering a lot,” he asserted.Balvinder further said that we have a number of capable Orthopedics, Physicians, Surgeons, ENT specialists, Dental surgeons etc who use to attend 500 to 600 patients daily in OPD of Gandhi Nagar Hospital prior to 25th March, are sitting idle at Gandhi Nagar Hospital for last six months because of closure of OPD.Balvinder urged the UT administration to start OPD services of Government Hospital Gandhi Nagar Jammu at Rajeev Gandhi Hospital besides deputing doctors from Gandhi Nagar Hospital to attend the same for welfare of people in general and patients in particular.
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