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West Bengal: Doctor bodies, social group set up Covid interim relief centre

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Two doctors’ organizations and a social support group for the handicapped on Thursday launched a 35-bed oxygenated transit Covid-19 treatment centre at Mukundapur.
Members of West Bengal Doctors’ Forum (WBDF), Sramajibi Sasthya Udyog (SSU) and West Bengal Prathibandhi Sammilani have set up the facility off EM Bypass. The Covid-19 Interim Relief Centre is not very far from R N Tagore Hospital. There are other private hospitals in the vicinity where serious patients could be shifted out if necessary.
“We are in talks with some hospitals to move patients if they turned critical. The onus of finding a bed will be with the patients’ families. We are here to help them in any way we can,” Arjun Dasgupta, ENT specialist and member of WBDF, said. The facility is designed to give medical and oxygenated treatment and support to symptomatic and those with hypoxia.“We are raising funds through donations to run the set-up and pay the nurses and other associated staff,” Dasgupta said. Patients can come here through a helpline. “We doctors decided to set up the facility, considering the gravity of the situation when beds are scarce in the city and Covid patients and their families are running around, harassed to get treatment,” said Koushik Lahri, vice-president, WBDF.

Source: Times of India

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