Officials say the decision has been taken in view of safety issues and is part of “precaution” against fire. A circular issued recently by the PGI administration has also asked all heads of departments to implement the order strictly in their respective areas.
The “problem”, Gupta says, “is that they are not inside the beds, but they are hiding inside the tiles fitted on the walls”. “We have been trying for so many years now, but there is no result,” he says.
"We need to sensitise the neighbouring states that there should be “proper referrals”. Unless a patient genuinely requires a referral to PGI, health facilities in the neighbouring states should take due care of him/her."
Dr Jagat Ram told Chandigarh Newsline that he had issued instructions to the departments concerned. “The department of community medicine has been asked to step up surveillance activities on campus. We are taking all measures to ensure we don’t get more cases,” he said.
CISF Director General O P Singh earlier this month had announced that 10 more airports in the country would soon do away with the practice of stamping the hand baggage tags. The list included Chandigarh International Airport as well.
According to the GMCH authorities, the existing emergency remains always “jam-packed” and the decision to start another ward, called the emergency overflow ward, is aimed to de-congest the existing emergency area.
Panchkula police commissioner Arshinder Singh Chawla said, “After it was examined, it has been concluded that the substance was not inflammable.” However, Chawla said there was a smell of petrol from two compartments inside the fire tender.
According to police, 27 people were killed in Panchkula, adjoining Chandigarh, where the CBI courts complex is located and where thousands of Dera followers had gathered over the last two days in anticipation of the verdict.
Panchkula violence: 'Within no time, a quiet gathering turned into an unruly mob. The police, which were assisted by paramilitary forces deputed to tackle the followers, were mute spectators. They just stood watching as the mobs toppled over an OB van of a TV channel.'
The followers - many with their whole families - carrying bags containing clothes, food, water and essential items say they do not know what the verdict would be or when they would have to return to their villages.
The Mohali district is also affected by the large number of swine flu cases. The figures reveal that the district has reported the second highest cases in the state. As many as 96 positive cases have been reported across the state.
While the Haryana health department officials said that they had decided to depute additional staff in Panchkula civil hospital, the Chandigarh and Mohali authorities maintain hospitals have been put on alert for the next few days.