Struggling to fulfill the mattress requirement for hospitalising crucial Covid-19 sufferers within the metropolis, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has determined to order six personal hospitals utterly for remedy of Covid sufferers, in addition to take over ESI hospital and get 40 beds of Army Hospital.
“The PMC has witnessed a big surge in Covid-19 patients in the last two months. The number of active patients in the city was 1,250 on February 12, which is now over 46,000. The civic administration has been working hard to ensure beds for treatment of needy Covid-19 patients and has increased the bed strength by more than double in the last 15 days,” mentioned Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.
He mentioned the PMC had 3,300 beds on March 21, together with 2,200 oxygen and 290 ventilator beds. The mattress capability has been elevated to 7,500 beds, together with 4,800 oxygen beds and 551 ventilator beds within the metropolis now.
“The PMC is further trying to increase the number of beds for Covid patients and will have a total of 8,300 beds in one week,” mentioned Kumar.
The municipal commissioner mentioned personal hospitals within the metropolis had cooperated prior to now and are doing so now as effectively. “The PMC had issued directives to reserve 80 per cent of total operational beds for treatment of Covid-19 patients in big private hospitals. Now, the civic administration has declared six private hospitals as Covid hospitals…,” Kumar mentioned, including that ESI Hospital, with 150 beds, can be taken over utterly by PMC for remedy of Covid-19 sufferers whereas the Army Hospital can be offering 40 ICU beds.
“If need be, more private hospitals would be converted completely for treating only Covid-19 patients,” he mentioned, including that the civic administration was monitoring the mattress state of affairs every day.
Of ESI Hospital’s 150 beds, 70 are oxygen beds and 20 ICU beds. The 40 beds of Army Hospital will embody 20 ventilator beds and 20 ICU beds.
Kumar mentioned the PMC can have 50 extra ventilator beds in subsequent 5 days, which incorporates 20 from the Army Hospital and remaining from numerous civic hospitals and personal hospitals.
There are 400 oxygen beds vacant within the metropolis and 350 extra oxygen beds will likely be added within the subsequent few days for Covid-19 sufferers, mentioned the civic chief.
At current, 6,500 sufferers are hospitalised with 550 on ventilator and 4,000 on oxygen. The helpline for beds is receiving round 600 requires beds day by day and the PMC is doing all the things attainable to deal with the state of affairs, mentioned Kumar. “The helplines have been increased from one to 10 to enable citizens to contact the civic body faster,” he mentioned when it was identified that the helplines are consistently busy.