A total of 67 new ventilators are lying unused at the 100-bedded COVID-19 isolation ward set up at a medical college here, a senior doctor has said.
When contacted, Chief Medical Superintendent Dr. Alok Kumar Sharma said that last year, the medical college had got 96 ventilators under the PM-CARES Fund, and in all, there are 114 ventilators available at the medical college. Of these, 25-30 ventilators are being used to provide treatment to patients.
He added that of the 67 ventilators, which are kept in a storeroom of the hospital, around 60-62 are in working condition.
Kumar, however, did not elaborate on the rest of the ventilators.
The principal of the medical college, Dr. Sangeeta Aneja said, that the state medical department has been informed that 67 ventilators are there in the hospital.
In a letter to the state health department, it was also requested that if there is a need for a ventilator in any nearby district, then it could be sent there.
"Currently, we have ventilators, and they will be used when required. For the operation of ventilators, technicians are needed, which we do not have in adequate numbers," she said.