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Civil Hospital’s NICU ward worst-hit due to health workers’ strike

GURUGRAM: The ongoing strike of nationwide health mission (NHM) staff has affected the neonatal extensive care unit (NICU) ward at Civil hospital as over 20 newborns needed to be referred to different hospitals up to now one week.
“It is not new for the hospital to refer instances of expectant moms and new born small children to different hospitals. However, now many of the instances are being transferred to different hospitals as NICU can’t admit new born small children due to scarcity of docs and nurses in the ward,” said a doctor, soliciting for anonymity.

When NewsTread visited the hospital on Monday, it was once discovered that even though each and every department and ward in the hospital was once going through group of workers crunch as a result of the strike, the NICU ward was once the worst hit. There are 22 beds in the ward however all have been mendacity unoccupied. Being the only govt hospital having the NICU facility in the district, patients and their kin are going through a tough time as they are being became away from the hospital.

“My nephew, who was once born in Civil Hospital remaining week, wanted particular care and needed to be shifted to the NICU ward. Due to the lack of docs and nurses on the ward we determined to take him to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital. As he was once very weak and susceptible to infections, we have been frightened about him being shifted. However, we managed to take him to Safdarjung Hospital and he is doing well,” said Abhay Kumar, who had come to the Civil Hospital in Gurugram from Manesar.

Meanwhile, important clinical officer Dr Deepa Jhakar knowledgeable NewsTread that three docs and four nurses have been deployed in the NICU ward on Monday. “We have asked one physician from Sector 10 normal hospital to come back right here and attend instances on the NICU ward. Two extra docs and four regular nurses have also been asked to look after instances in the ward for now. We hope that the strike will soon be referred to as off and patients will not face any inconvenience,” Jhakar said.

Over 600 NHM staff had been on strike on the Civil Hospital premises since February 4. Their demands come with equal pay for equal work, everlasting employment, allowances for uniform and children’s education, travelling and day by day allowances, clinical advantages, scheduled leaves and time beyond regulation for ambulance drivers.

NHM staff serve at all of the ranges — from docs to elegance IV staff. The NHM programme was once began in Haryana in 2005 below National Rural Health Mission to provide preventive, healing and rehabilitative services to the neighborhood through the principle health care delivery system in the state.

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