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Surge in Covid-19 cases, health dept re-deploys staff at DRDO Hospital Jammu

JAMMU: The administration has called back and re-deployed staff at DRDO Hospital, Jammu barely 18 days after the staff at the hospital was repatriated.

An official told that the health department has re-deployed officers, doctors and other paramedical staff at the DRDO Hospital in Bhagwati Nagar, Jammu district, which was specially set up for the treatment of Covid positive patients.

“The doctors and paramedical staff was repatriated to the parent hospitals in Jammu after the decline in the number of cases of Covid cases in Jammu,” the official said.

However, he said that amid a sudden spike in positive cases over the past several weeks, the authorities have decided to re-deploy the staff members.

The official said that they have also installed a CT scan machine in the hospital set up by DRDO and its trial will start from tomorrow. “By the first week of December, the CT scan machine will be available to the general public,” the official said, adding that the hospital has adequate oxygen facility available to deal with any situation.

“We are well prepared for the possible third wave and to deal with increasing number of cases,” he said.

Pertinently, two DRDO hospitals one each in Jammu and Srinagar were constructed by DRDO during peak second wave of Covid-19. Each hospital has 500 bed including 120 ICU beds. He advised that if people they come to the hospital in the early stages of infection, chances of recovery are more and people should follow Covid appropriate behavior in letter and spirit.

Dr Narinder Bhatial Medical superintendent at DRDO hospital told KNO that hospital was never closed but as there was no patient admitted so staff as per government order was repatriated, however, as cases have surged again and patients have been started to admit at the hospital, staff is being re-deployed.

He said that as cases will increase, more staff was re-deployed and re-deploying of staff will depend upon cases—(KNO)


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