Enhanced cooperation between the public and private healthcare sectors can help battle COVID-19 effectively, said Deputy Commissioner Girish Dayalan while inaugurating the new COVID care ICU at Fortis Hospital, Mohali.He informed that at the behest of District Administration Fortis Hospital has stepped up its COVID bed capacity to 120 including 75 level 2 and 45 level 3 beds. “Due to presence of major renowned health care establishments in the district, besides local populace, admission requests from neighbouring districts as well as neighbouring states keep pouring in. So, we requested the private hospitals to scale up COVID care units in their establishments. Conceding to our proposition, Fortis has increased the COVID Bed Capacity,” said Dayalan. Pertinently, a fortnight ago Max and other hospitals also increased the isolation ward strength and ICU capacity to render support to the administration.“No single entity can do it alone, the very nature of the COVID-19 crisis calls for a response based on public-private cooperation; we need work together to protect everyone, everywhere,” said Dayalan.Fortis has been an integral part of Mission Fateh and collaborated with the government. The institution is fighting shoulder to shoulder in the battle against COVID. Appreciating the efforts of their team the Deputy Commissioner informed that the hospital has extended a Healthcare package for people opting for home isolation; nearly a hundred people have availed this package involving daily follow up call form Team Fortis. Besides, Convalescent Plasma Therapy is being successfully administered to , being one of the few hospitals in the region to be offering the sameFortis Hospital, Mohali today enhanced its COVID bed capacity to 120 beds. The COVID wing was formally inaugurated by Mr. Girish Dayalan, Deputy Commissioner, Mohali in the presence of Dr. Manjit Singh (Civil Surgeon, Mohali), Mr. Rajesh Dhiman (ACA, GAMADA) and Dr. Harmanjit Kaur (IDSP, Mohali), Mr. Ashish Bhatia (COO, Fortis Healthcare Ltd.), Mr. Abhijit Singh (Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mohali), Dr. GBS Kang (Medical Director) Dr. Amit Kumar Mandal (Director - Pulmonology & Critical care) and Dr. Vikas Bhutani (Director – Internal Medicine).
The Deputy Commissioner interacted with the team of clinicians and administrators at the hospital and appreciated the tireless efforts of the team and the decision of the hospital management to allocate more beds for COVID patients. He was impressed with the infection control protocols and patient safety measures being followed and the way COVID positive patients were being handled without affecting routine OPDs and emergency services.Mr. Ashish Bhatia, COO, Fortis Hospitals said, “I am pleased that in these trying times, our district has been exemplary with regard to Public Private Collaboration in the battle against COVID19. Fortis Mohali has been at the forefront in this fight and has consistently supported Mission Fateh. We are pleased with the support provided by the civil authorities and remain committed to ramp up our services as and when required.”Speaking on the preparedness of Fortis to treat COVID19 patients, Abhijit Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Hospital, Mohali, said, “We have been working closely with the local authorities and the healthcare delivery system to effectively combat this pandemic. A “3-tier COVID defence structure” is in place at our hospital and we have been continuously monitoring the situation and have hence increased the number of COVID beds seeing the rise in number of cases. We have also implemented necessary safety protocols to keep our doctors, nurses, other patients, visitors and staff safe.”Government is bolstering health services. We are working on war footing for early tracing, testing, tracking and treatment. We are also providing State of art ventilators and other equipment to private hospitals willing to support COVID care. Nearly 50% occupancy in CCC and 70% in L2 and L3 hospitals----, sufficient oxygen and other supplies stepped up the Covid care as required… will strengthen the response to COVID-19. Bring in aspects like low mortality, and enable a resilient and sustainable rebuild from the pandemic is trying to further scale it up.acknowledged the unconditional commitment and immense efforts being made by all the healthcare workers …The upsurge in the demand for The cumulative positivity rate of all cases reported dropped below ----% for the first time