Nurse shortage hits homecare -Sanjay Mandal

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published Published on Nov 27, 2020   modified Modified on Nov 27, 2020

-The Telegraph

The demand for nurses and attendants has gone up by more than 20 per cent in the past couple of weeks, due to rise in the number of non-Covid cases

Calcutta: An increased demand for homecare and nursing assistance has left many Covid patients in Calcutta who are getting discharged from hospital without help even as family members are desperately calling up homecare service providers.

Several such agencies who provide trained nurses and attendants for patients said the demand had gone up by more than 20 per cent in the past couple of weeks. Most of them are attributing it to a rise in the number of non-Covid cases.

A 70-year-old woman in Kasba was treated at a private hospital off EM Bypass with Covid for 10 days. On Wednesday, she was discharged after doctors found her condition stable. However, she is extremely weak and is unable to even go to the washroom and needs assistance for eating.

“For two days we have been calling up homecare and local centres which provide untrained assistants. The centres said they could not provide one for a Covid patient who has not tested negative, while professional homecare centres said they would not be able to provide an assistant before a couple of days,” said a relative of the woman.

The problem is mostly with elderly people who were admitted to hospital with moderate to severe symptoms of Covid and need professional assistance at home.

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The Telegraph, 27 November, 2020,

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