GURUGRAM: As the number of patients, who have recovered from Covid-19, has risen to over 13,000 in the city, the health department has directed all private hospitals to have a dedicated outpatient department (OPD) for these patients. Many patients have been facing post-Covid complications, like issues related to neurology, cardiology, mental issues among others.

The hospitals in the city already have OPD for Covid patients and non-Covid patients; however, it will now cater to the patients who have recovered from the infection too.
The department has already set up a dedicated OPD for Covid recovered patients at Sector-10 civil hospital. Apart from this, those suffering from the infection can avail CT scan and MRI facility at this hospital between 5pm to 8 pm every day.
This step has been taken as there are 13,523 Covid recovered cases in the city and there is a demand for urgent medical intervention in such cases, an official said. Apart from the OPD, the Covid patients can also get CT and MRI facilities at government facilities now which will be a big relief for people. The government set up MRI cost between Rs 3,400 and Rs 7,600 for patients referred from private hospital and for patients from OPD and in-patient department (IPD) in government settings it ranges from Rs 760 to Rs 2,000.
“We have asked all private hospitals in the city to have a dedicated OPD for people who are having complications after recovering from Covid. We have started such a facility in our civil hospital and getting a good response. Also, we have separated the timings for CT & MRI for Covid and non-Covid patients. The facility will be sanitised properly after 8pm, so that it can be used in the morning for general patients,” said chief medical officer Dr Virender Yadav.
For Covid patients, who need to undergo surgery on an emergency basis, the health department as made the necessary arrangements at Sector 31 polyclinic. Earlier on pregnant women, who were testing positive, were being operated at this polyclinic. An official said that there will be a separate operation theatre for Covid patients. Since May 27, the centre has carried out 16 deliveries.
Surgeeries of non-Covid patients will be carried out at the Sector 10 hospital, an official said.

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