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Yoga, meditation & bhajans — life inside the Covid wards of Ahmedabad Civil Hospital

Doctors at the civil hospital in Ahmedabad say more and more people are getting discharged than before. ThePrint's Praveen Jain & Kairvy Grewal document its Covid-19 wards.

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Ahmedabad: The Gujarat High Court had in May rapped authorities at the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, the main government Covid-19 facility in the state, for its high mortality rate, calling it “as good as a dungeon“.

A few months down the line, doctors at the facility ThePrint spoke to said more and more people are getting discharged than before. This was possible, they said, due to better understanding of the virus, efforts of the state government and implementation of strict rules.

ThePrint’s Praveen Jain and Kairvy Grewal visited the Covid-19 wards and its ICUs to document how the government hospital was dealing with pandemic. Patients were seen doing yoga and even singing songs in their wards.

Sunita (center), a Covid-19 patient, said that she felt bored if counsellor Suraj (right) didn't show up for his daily duty. She explained that she had made many friends in the Covid-19 ward | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Sunita (center), a Covid-19 patient, said she is often bored if counsellor Suraj (right) doesn’t show up for his daily duty. She also said that she has made many friends in the Covid-19 ward | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A doctor encourages a recovering Covid-19 patient to do a yoga aasan | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A doctor encourages recovering Covid-19 patients to do yoga | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A recovering Covid-19 patient does deep breathing to improve his recovery from the infection | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Patients performing deep breathing exercises to help them recover quickly | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
 Covid-19 patients doing meditation in the ward | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Covid-19 patients doing meditation inside their ward | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A coronavirus patient sings bhajans for her quick recovery in the Covid-19 ward of Civil Hospital Ahmedabad | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A coronavirus patient singing a bhajan as she hopes for a quick recovery in the Covid-19 ward of the civil hospital | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Dr Rakesh Joshi (left), Additional Medical Superintendent, Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, helps Dr Rajnish Patel, Additional Medical Superintendent, Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, with his PPE kit | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Dr Rakesh Joshi (left), additional medical superintendent, helps Dr Rajnish Patel, also an additional medical superintendent of the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, with his PPE kit | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A counsellor teaches a Covid-19 patient some yoga aasans in the Covid-19 ward of the Civil Hospital | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Counsellors show Covid-19 patients how do a deep breathing exercise | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman waves goodbye to her doctors while getting discharged from the hospital after her recovery from Covid-19 | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A woman waves goodbye to her doctors while getting discharged from the hospital | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Another doctor helps a Covid-19 patient to stretch better while doing yoga | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
Another doctor helps a Covid-19 patient do yoga | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A team of paramedics, nurses and doctors at Civil Hospital, Ahmedabad give a thumbs-up claiming victory over Covid-19. They chanted "Corona haarega, Gujarat jeetega" (Coronavirus will be defeated, Gujarat will win) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint
A team of paramedics, nurses and doctors at the civil hospital. They were heard chanting “Corona haarega, Gujarat jeetega” (Coronavirus will be defeated, Gujarat will win) | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

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