71 of 80 ventilators sent by Centre to Faridkot medical college ‘faulty’ : The Tribune India

Balwant Garg
Tribune Information Service
Faridkot, Could 11

Seventy-one of the 80 ventilators Guru Gobind Singh Medical School and Hospital (GGSMCH) acquired from the PM Cares Fund and the ventilator producer AgVa Healthcare have turned out to be non-functional as a consequence of numerous technical snags.

High quality considerably inferior, says BFUHS VC

  • Medical doctors complain the strain in ventilators despatched by the Centre drops inside half an hour of being put to make use of
  • Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences, says the standard of the machines is considerably inferior
  • “The useful machines, too, are continually hit by snags, so we can not use these for sufferers till we now have a restore mechanism in place,” he provides
  • The Punjab Chief Secretary has authorized the hiring of engineers and technicians for the restore work. “They’re anticipated to achieve Faridkot in 24 hours,” a supply mentioned

The hospital already had 39 ventilators of which two have been dysfunctional. The scenario is alarming as at current over 310 Covid sufferers are admitted to the hospital.

Anaesthetists and intensive care medical doctors mentioned they didn’t belief the ventilators despatched by the Centre as these functioned for only one or two hours earlier than abruptly working out of order.

The primary operate of a ventilator is to offer oxygen at various ranges because the oxygen requirement of each affected person is totally different. Medical doctors complain that the strain drops inside half an hour of utilizing these ventilators. “Now we have to be fairly attentive whereas utilizing these ventilators. It’s a problem as one has to remain close to the affected person to keep away from any downside, which is absolutely troublesome beneath present circumstances,” a physician mentioned.

Dr Raj Bahadur, Vice-Chancellor, Baba Farid College of Well being Sciences, of which GGSMCH is a constituent school, mentioned: “Now we have raised these points with the federal government. Now we have even conveyed that the standard of the ventilators offered beneath the PM Cares Fund is considerably inferior. In addition to, the useful machines, too, are continually hit by snags, so we can not use these for sufferers till we now have a restore mechanism in place.”

The Punjab Chief Secretary has authorized the hiring of engineers and technicians for the restore of those ventilators. “They’re anticipated to achieve Faridkot within the subsequent 24 hours,” a supply mentioned.

“We wish a long-term complete upkeep contract with the company, which has offered these ventilators,” Dr Bahadur mentioned, including that regardless of all these odds, medical doctors and the paramedical employees on the hospital try their finest to maintain the sufferers.

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