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278 more beds for Ludhiana hospitals

Learning lessons from the past and preparing to deal with any health emergency, especially Covid, in future, each district in the state will augment 25 per cent beds in both the government and private hospitals, the government has said.

With this, the Level-2 beds in the state will go up from existing 10,872 to 13,728, while 546 additional beds will take the number of Level-3 beds from present 2,935 to 3,481, the officials have said.

The development assumes significance as a large number of critical and serious patients in dire need of hospitalisation and life support were not able to get the hospital beds during the devastating second Covid wave as the health infrastructure was completely hard pressed and unbearably full with both government and private hospitals left with no vacant beds, mainly in May.

Confirming the development, Deputy Commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma told The Tribune here on Thursday that Ludhiana has proposed to add 226 Level-2 beds — 165 in private hospitals and 61 in government facilities — to take their number to 2,472 from the existing 2,246, while 52 Level-3 beds are proposed to be added to the private facilities, which will take the total number to 742 from currently available 690 emergency beds.

Presently, Ludhiana has a total of 3,386 hospital beds — 450 in government hospitals and 2,936 in private facilities.

Ludhiana’s proposed addition is, however, less than the mandate of 25 per cent capacity building. While there is a shortfall of adding 202 Level-2 beds, 88 less Level-3 beds have been proposed to be added to the district due to certain reasons.

Among other districts, Amritsar will be adding 330 Level-2 and 81 Level-3 beds, Barnala 40 L2 beds, Bathinda 285 L2 and 86 L3 beds, Faridkot 120 L2 and 32 L3 beds, Fatehgarh Sahib 60 L2 and 1 L3 bed, Fazilka 205 L2 beds, Ferozepur 39 L2 and 1 L3 beds, Gurdaspur 654 L2 beds, Hoshiarpur 45 L2 and 4 L3 beds, Jalandhar 293 L2 and 88 L3 beds, Kapurthala 20 L2 beds, Mansa 88 L2 and 7 L3 beds, Moga 162 L2 and 15 L3 beds, Muktsar 100 L2 beds, Pathankot 34 L2 beds and 21 L3 beds, Patiala 283 L2 and 49 L3 beds, Ropar 42 L2 and 9 L3 beds, Mohali 241 L2 and 84 L3 beds, Sangrur 42 L2 and 5 L3 beds, Nawanshahr 6 each L2 and L3 beds, Tarn Taran 100 L2 and 5 L3 beds, and Malerkotla will augment 30 L2 beds in its health facilities. The Tribune