Bhubaneswar: The use and demand for pulmonary medicine has increased dramatically across the state since the decline in Covid-19 cases, experts have said. Doctors are of the opinion that the pandemic has underlined and expanded the scope of a tuberculosis (TB) service in a health facility.
Pulmonary experts in Odisha said that in pre-Covid times, a TB ward only treated TB cases focusing on bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Before the pandemic, it was never realized that pulmonary cases would also require intensive care. Recently, efforts have therefore been launched to improve the infrastructure of public and private institutions in this area.
Dr Digambar Behera, a Chandigarh-based pulmonary medicine expert, said: “Even ten years ago, lung training focused on tuberculosis. Gradually it was recognized as department of pulmonary medicine instead of department of tuberculosis and pulmonology. The Covid-19 pandemic changed the way doctors and patients viewed lung science.
The authorities at AIIMSBhubaneswar and SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, said during Covid-19 they installed the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation Facility, also known as the Lung-Heart Bypass Machine, to bolster the infrastructure. According to the doctors, except for bronchoscopy, other equipment in the pulmonary department of different private and public hospitals are recent arrivals.