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Resumption of OPD services in Lucknow hospitals to ease out the backlog of surgeries!

Over one lakh patients in the city are in the queue for surgeries as the non-COVID services are back on track.

Taking the plummeting tally of COVID cases into account, all community and primary health centres in the state have started with their OPD operations, to rehabilitate patients with general health issues. Consequently, official orders to start surgical services at all district hospitals in line with the COVID protocols, are in effect as well.

In congruence with the dropping infection count and other related directives of the administration, Lucknow's premier healthcare facilities, including SGPGI and KGMU, have recommenced their OPD functions. Now reportedly, over one lakh patients in the city are in the queue for surgeries as the non-COVID services are back on track.

Most surgeries classified as elective; some may prove fatal if postponed beyond a point

During April, when the second wave of the pandemic had intensified, the majority of the hospitals had restricted surgeries, except in emergency cases and accidents. Hence, the medical fraternity of Lucknow is currently reporting a colossal logjam of resections, that has formed over these two-three months.

Reportedly, Lucknow's three major government hospitals, King George's Medical University, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and SPM Civil Hospital, used to conduct an average of 300 surgeries in a day, before the onset of the second pandemic wave.

A senior faculty member at the King George Medical University (KGMU), mentioned, "There is a backlog of about 45,000 surgeries in KGMU alone. There are surgeries related to gall bladder problems, intestinal issues, tumours, corrective surgeries and even orthopaedic surgeries, that had been put on hold due to the COVID pandemic."

It has been indicated that most of these are elective surgeries, that are planned in advance and have no emergency requirement. But doctors have agreed that if some of these surgeries are postponed beyond a point, it could prove fatal for the patients.

Surgeries to be rescheduled as per patients & their complications

Further, KGMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Bipin Puri, stated, "We will reschedule surgeries on priority to manage the rush after the second wave subsides and normal functioning starts. Patients with complicated issues will be operated first. We are already working on plans to execute maximum possible surgeries without compromising the efficiency."

On the other hand, the Chief Medical Superintendent of Civil Hospital, S.K. Nanda, mentioned that the concerned departments are drafting a plan to extend operation timings after the lockdown, to address the issue of backlog. RMLIMS spokesperson, Srikesh Singh, added that the hospital authorities are in touch with patients and those whose ailments are in critical stages, will be urgently operated on.

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