At a time when the coronavirus pandemic is raging across Punjab and overwhelming hospitals with patients, only 83 of 320 ventilators received by the state’s three medical colleges under the PM Cares Fund are functional.
And out of these 83 too, as many as 48 repaired ventilators are not being put to use over fears that they may break down, forcing the medical colleges to make up with their own life-saving equipment.
Guru Gobind Singh Medical College, Faridkot, a constituent college of Baba Farid University of Health Sciences (BFUHS), had received 113 ventilators of which 90 are non-functional. Similarly, Government Medical College, Amritsar, had got 109 ventilators of which 97 are not working. Government Medical College, Patiala, had got 98 ventilators and out of these, 48 were made functional after repairs. The college has 61 ventilators of its own.
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