AIIMS to operate in full capacity from January


Seeing the decline in the number of new Covid-19 cases, All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Bhubaneswar has decided to run all Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and Indoor Patient Departments (IPDs) as per full capacity from January.

After keeping all walk-in OPD services closed for nearly four months from July 10 owing to surge in coronavirus cases among the healthcare workers, the AIIMS had opened the facility for patients from November 2. Through the number of patients per department for OPD services were gradual increases to 100 from 30, the IPD is still functioning with 0 per cent (pc) capacity.

Surgeries are being done almost half the capacity as IPD is not fully functioned for non-COVID patients. Expect for day-care services, radiotherapy, dialysis, trauma and the emergency and life-saving surgeries, there was a complete ban on elective surgery to prevent the spread of the virus.

OPD services are now available in 32 departments including 15 super speciality disciplines. Through the facilities are yet to be made fully functional, there is a rush of patients at the OPDs. Even as COVID test is mandatory before admission in IPD, patients alleged there was no proper screening of patients at the OPDs.

Apart from the OPD and IPD services, the 15 existing Modular OTs will function in full capacity from January if there is no Covid crisis. We have also decided to start surgeries in 10 more OTs by the end of next month.

Meanwhile, the number of patients in the Covid hospital has come down, There are only 15 patients undergoing treatment including five in ventilators now in the 280-bed dedicated COVID hospital.


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