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Lucknow: More than one lakh patients waiting to undergo surgery since the pandemic

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Lucknow. More than one lakh patients are queuing for surgery in Lucknow as non-Covid services are slowly opening up.

There has been a huge backlog of surgeries in the pandemic when most hospitals were closed for surgeries and only emergency operations were performed.

A senior faculty member of King George’s Medical University (KGMU) has revealed that KGMU alone has a backlog of around 45,000 surgeries. Patients related to gall bladder problems, intestinal issues, tumors, corrective surgeries and even orthopedic surgery are also in line. The surgery was put on hold due to the Covid pandemic.

Most of these are elective surgeries that are planned in advance and have no emergency need.

Doctors agree that some surgeries, if postponed beyond a point, can prove fatal for the patient.

According to official estimates, three major government hospitals, King George’s Medical University, Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences and SPM Civil Hospital, performed an average of 300 surgeries till a day before the second wave.

50-year-old Meenu Sharma has been waiting in the queue since December 2019 to have her gall bladder removed.

“Earlier also there was a long wait as a private ward was not available and then the pandemic started. I don’t know how long I will have to wait for surgery. I feel severe pain but I have no choice but to bear it. ”

Meenu is currently recovering from Covid and doesn’t know if this will delay her surgery further.

When the second wave of the pandemic intensified in April, most hospitalizations restricted surgery, except in emergency cases and accidents.

The faculty member said that apart from the shortage of staff, the pandemic also increases the risk of infection for the patient.

KGMU Vice Chancellor, Lt Gen Bipin Puri said, “We will reschedule the surgery on priority to manage the crowd once the second wave subsides and normal functioning resumes. Patients with complex issues will be operated on first. We are already working on maximum execution plan. Surgery is possible without compromising on efficiency.

SK “We have plans to extend the time of operation, post lockdown, to resolve the issue of backlog,” said Civil Hospital Chief Medical Superintendent Nanda.

RMLIMS spokesperson Shrikesh Singh said, “We are in touch with the patients and those whose disease is in advanced stage will be operated on on priority basis.”


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