GANGTOK: The health department has started OPD services at old STNM Hospital following the sealing of the emergency ward at the New STNM hospital after a doctor tested COVID-19 positive.
Speaking with the media, STNM Hospital director N Shenga said, “The OPDs for major departments like medicine, surgery, gynaecology and obstetrics, respiratory medicine, orthopaedics, dermatology, paediatrics and pain clinic along with super speciality – eurology, plastic surgery and gastroenterology are functional with addition of injection and dressing room and blood collection centre at the Old STNM.”
Around 70 patients registered at the OPD on Monday morning, which the director termed as a good response from the public despite the lockdown.
“The hospital holds a sentimental value not just to the health workers but also to the public. Vast majority of Sikkimese people were born here, so it is of great value to the public. The health workers on the contrary have been enthusiastically cleaning their respective departments alongside the Gangtok Municipal Corporation (GMC) workers (safai karmacharis) to clean up, disinfect, their departments,” informed Shenga.
ENT, ophthalmology, physiotherapy, cardiology, oncology, psychiatry and dentistry will continue at the new STNM Hospital.
Following a meeting with the chief minister Prem Singh Golay, the state health department decided to put all asymptomatic cases in home isolation; this will reduce the burden on the hospital and staff.
Earlier, asymptomatic patients were housed at the lower floors of new STNM for COVID-19 treatment.