Himachal to take patients discharged from Chandigarh hospital


By NS Desk 13-Apr-2020

Chandigarh/Shimla, April 13 (IANS) With the intervention of the Chandigarh Adviser, the Himachal Pradesh government on Monday said it would take back its discharged patients and emergency-related travellers.

Chandigarh Adviser Manoj Parida informed this in a tweet.

IANS had highlighted this human-interest issue earlier.

"Good news, a communication has been received from Himachal government that they will take discharged patients and emergency death/marriage related travellers. Smiling face with smiling eyes...Seems tweets are doing wonders," Parida said.

A day earlier, Parida said neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh have refused to take their people who had undergone non-Covid treatment at the PGI Hospital here, citing nationwide lockdown.

He said this would impact the treatment of coronavirus patients in the hospitals here.

"Outstation patients coming from other states discharged by hospitals like PGI have no local place to go, nor transport to return home. Any solutions," Parida had informed in a tweet.

"Neighboring states like Himachal have refused to take them now saying Central government has banned interstate movement. Our hospital beds remaining blocked as discharged non-Covid patients not leaving," the Chandigarh Adviser had said.

Himachal Pradesh Principal Secretary (Disaster Management) Onkar Sharma told IANS over phone on Monday that the patients who have undergone treatment outside the state could come back to the state as per the medical protocol.

"All the patients with their hospital discharge slips can enter the state. At the inter-state border, they will be medically examined. If they require 14 days of quarantine, they will be quarantined there," he said.

The Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh caters to patients from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh.



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