24 more Covid-19 patients discharged from PGI-Chandigarh

Chandigarh, May 21 (IANS) Twenty-four more people were discharged from PGIMER’s Covid Hospital, comprising a nursing officer, doctors said, here on Thursday. They included 21 asymptomatic people who completed over two weeks of quarantine at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).

All have been shifted to post-discharge care centres for another 7-day isolation.

PGMIER Director Jagat Ram said, “Every discharge is a huge inspiration for our frontline warriors, our pillars of strength in this war against Covid-19. They are stretching beyond the call of duty to ensure that the best of the services is delivered to patients and their hard work is paying off with recoveries far more outnumbering infections now.”

Stating that the situation seems to be in control, he said there was absolutely no room for complacency as far as precautions were concerned, like social distancing, wearing masks and washing hands.

“These should be the new normal for all of us to contain transmission of the virus. Let’s follow these diligently and together we can beat it,” he said.

The PGIMER nursing officer was the first one to be discharged after her two consecutive Covid-19 negative tests.

Thanking everyone for support, she said, “Being an employee of the PGIMER, I knew the strengths of my institute. But staying in the hospital as a patient after being tested positive gave me another perspective on patient care.

“There were days when I felt low and frustrated and had almost given up. But it was the constant encouragement by Covid-19 team that made me win this war.”

It was followed by the discharge of a grandmother and her granddaughter from Sector 37 here. The little charming girl garnered everyone’s attention as she walked towards the ambulance parked there holding her drawing sheets, she had painted during her stay in the hospital.

Accompanying her was her grandmother, all elated to be reunited with their family, as she said, “I had heard a lot about the PGIMER but on testing positive for Covid-19, we were admitted here and had to stay here for 37 days, which is a long time.

“After this experience, I can say with confidence the PGIMER doesn’t have any competition; it stands way ahead of others in competence, commitment and compassion.”



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