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AIIMS to shut down OPD from March 24 till further notice: Order

People wear protective masks as a precaution against coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.

People wear protective masks as a precaution against coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, outside AIIMS hospital in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: PTI

AIIMS had issued a circular postponing all non-essential elective procedures and surgeries and directed for only emergency life-saving surgeries with effect from March 21.

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has issued an Order to shut down OPD, including specialty services, all new and follow up patients’ registration, from March 24 till further orders.

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The premier institute had earlier decided to temporarily suspend routine walk-in OPD registration of patients from March 23 as it redirects its resources to control the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

“It has now been decided that all OPD services including specialty services, all new and follow up patients’ registration in AIIMS hospital and all centres will remain closed from March 24 till further orders,” the new circular on Monday said.

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On March 20, the AIIMS had issued a circular postponing all non-essential elective procedures and surgeries and directed for only emergency life-saving surgeries with effect from March 21, due to coronavirus outbreak.

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The Union Health Ministry has asked hospitals and medical education institutes to procure sufficient number of ventilators and high-flow oxygen masks and advised them to decrease gatherings on their respective premises.

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