In view of the acute shortage of support staff and nursing staff in hospitals to take of Covid-19 patients, the health department has accepted to allow family members/friends of in-patients to remain in the ward caregivers with all precautionary methods and ways. The caregiver will have to wear PPE kit and follow all COVID-19 protocols strictly, the directive. Many people of rural villages reach the hospital without proper preparation due to poor and economic conditions even struggle for basic needs to take care of patients. Provision of an emergency care package to caretakers and attenders will be a great support to the family in this critical situation.
Probably for the first time Government hospitals in the city and districts started to feel inadequate to meet the growing needs of Covid-19 patients, who are struggling to get an admission. Many wait in the ambulance to get a bed. People are struggling for beds and oxygen supply. Lack of bed facilities in the hospital the covid patients sitting on a chair in the outpatient ward in queues. On the other side, all the caretakers sit on the pavements of the hospital, desperately waiting for a bed. To address this issue and provide immediate care for the suffering provision of temporary mobile beds are proposed for the five districts headquartered hospitals in Tamil Nadu.
Generally people visiting Government hospitals often find it difficult to locate the services they need. Setting up of a health help desk in the Chengalpattu Government Hospital to assist patients, attenders and visitors on how to reach proper destination for treatment. The general patrons of any government hospital are daily wagers, farmers, laborers, etc. who often lose their daily wages just visiting the hospital. The helpdesk will support in creating awareness on Covid19 immunization and vaccination; support for navigating the hospital; awareness on insurance claims hence saving time.