With only a day left for Diwali, three major government hospitals in the city have been put on alert to deal with any exigency that may arise during the occasion. According to officials, additional doctors and staff have been deployed while ambulances have been stationed for residents. Last year, on the next day of Diwali, over 200 patients were admitted to PGI and other city hospitals for treatment of eye injuries.
A statement issued by PGI said on Tuesday said that in view of Diwali and anticipating that there could be a large number of injuries due to bursting of crackers, the Advanced Eye Centre, PGI, has made elaborate arrangements to meet emergencies. The Institute will provide immediate treatment to patients reporting to the PGI. PGI said that the department has put doctors on special emergency duty round the clock from October 18 till October 20 morning to attend to patients on arrival.
“The operation theaters would be working round the clock with extra manpower to meet all types of exigencies. People can report all eye emergencies to the Advanced Eye Centre immediately after suffering an injury,” the statement said, adding that main the Emergency and Advanced Trauma Center would function as always. At the Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, officials say emergency services have been put on high alert from October 18 to 20 and all doctors will will perform sitting duty including the eye department.
“Eye department will function from the new OPD block 24×7 and all incharges have been asked to report in case of any disaster call and to maintain the station,” said an official. Officials also said that directions have been passed to ensure availability of adequate material required to meet any exigency. Dr G Dewan, Deputy Medical Superintendent, GMSH, told Chandigarh Newsline that the ambulances will remain stationed on full alert. “The ambulance staff will immediately attend to any call/person found to be in distress,” he said. The officials of the GMCH, Sector 32, also said that staff and ambulances have been made available to deal with any emergency during Diwali.