KUNAL CHATTERJEE, Kolkata: In keeping with the steady rise in COVID-19 positive patients, most hospitals in Kolkata have been designated coronavirus only hospitals.
For instance, from Wednesday, MR Bangur hospital and the ESI hospital in Joka have been admitting only coronavirus positive ones. Similar is the case with the Bharat Sevashram hospital. All non-coronavirus patients admitted there are being sent to other hospitals like the state-run Vidyasagar hospital.
Naturally, doctors at the Vidyasagar hsopital are finding it difficult to cope with the rush. “We are attending only to emergency situations. We are advising others to come after the lockdown is lifted,” said a doctor at Vidyasagar hospital.
The OPD at Vidyasagar is nromally open from 9am to 2pm, but to tackle the sudden rush, authorities have kept the department open till 4pm.
On Wednesday, hospital authorities had to call in the police to tackle the rush.