Bokaro General Hospital has decided to temporarily stop the out-patient department in five medicine streams including cardiology and nephrology. The move is aimed at dedicating more resources for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. BGH, run by Bokaro Steel Plant, which is a unit of SAIL, is a dedicated Covid hospital and has its hands full treating symptomatic cases. There are 90 beds across four wards, apart from an ICU and OT for Covid-19 patients. There has also been a request from Bokaro district administration asking BGH to increase the number of beds with the number of cases consistently increasing in the district. Bokaro district has two other Covid Care Centres of 100 beds each for asymptomatic patients.
While the circular says special clinics will remain suspended till further notice, those in knowhow say that they would be resumed as soon as the Covid-19 situation improves. Patients suffering from heart, kidney and neurological issues though are bound to be affected by the decision to shut the OPDs. According to the circular issued, Bokaro General Hospital has also altered the timings of general OPD. The orthopaedics, physiotherapy, skin, ENT, psychiatry OPD’s will continue to be operational.
135 regular doctors and 70 contractual doctors work in BGH along with those pursuing DNB. BGH management decided to put senior doctors on Covid-19 duty as all doctors are over-worked in the current situation. It is the largest hospital in the region with 910 beds. More than 8,000 surgeries are performed in BGH and it receives more than 11 lakh OPD patients who come from various districts from Jharkhand, with patients from Bengal also coming to the hospital for treatment.