Bengaluru South rep also assists with hospital’s Covid beds expansion and water supply
Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya on Friday arranged the supply of 5 tonnes of oxygen to St John’s Medical College and assisted in its expansion of HDU beds for Covid patients.
During a visit to St John’s, Surya inspected the number of beds provided by the hospital for government-referred Covid-19 patients. The large facility had allocated 342 out of its 462 operational wards for Covid-19 patients. Following Surya’s visit, St John’s will be expanding its facility to accommodate 390 government-referred patients from SAST out of a total of 535 wards for Covid-19. The total increase in the number of wards, including both government and private, is 72.
After coming to know about the hospital’s need for oxygen, Surya spoke to Universal Air Products to ensure that the hospital receives 10 tonnes of medical oxygen every alternate day for the continued recovery of Covid-19 patients.
Tejasvi Surya's Live Address on COVID-19 https://t.co/TAHxWfXbg2— Tejasvi Surya (@Tejasvi_Surya) April 23, 2021
‘Don’t turn back Covid cases’
“We received several complaints from citizens regarding non-admission at St John’s Medical College,” Surya said in a statement. “Patients are sometimes also made to wait for long hours to get admitted here. The hospital has been specifically instructed not to keep genuine patients waiting for admission. They have also been asked never to deny admission to government-referred Covid-19 patients who are reaching the hospital after being allocated a ward on the BBMP portal (SAST).”
St John’s also informed the MP that they were not receiving regular water supply. Surya immediately spoke to BWSSB to ensure that the supply of potable water is not interrupted. “The government is assisting hospitals in every possible way during this time of distress. It is only when we all come together that we will be able to win this battle over the virus. I once again request all the hospitals to mandatorily allocate at least 50% of their beds for Covid-19 patients.”
Surya has visited several hospitals across Bengaluru South to emphasise the 50% allocation for Covid patients. He also reviewed the functioning of the war rooms of the South Zone and Bommanahalli Zone.