PUNE: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to waive off the hospital registration fee at its hospitals against the backdrop of the COVID-19 outbreak. The decision is being implemented with immediate effect. Mayor Murlidhar Mohol instructed the civic administration on Wednesday.
The civic administration immediately started implementing the decision. Patients have to pay Rs 10 as the registration fee for the new case paper in the Outdoor Patients Department (OPD) in civic hospitals.
Citizens have to stand in a queue to get a new case paper and pay the registration fee. At present, the health department staff is engaged in handling COVID-19 patients and the survey.
Meanwhile, the PMC has started 78 flu clinics in PMC hospitals and maternity homes. Besides, there are 11 mobile dispensaries to check patients suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).
From April 1 till date, the PMC screened over two lakh people in these clinics.
The civic body treated around 60,000 SARI patients so far. Of these, around 1,000 SARI patients were referred to the Naidu and Sassoon Hospitals for future treatment.
Maharashtra has 11 COVID-19 hotspots including Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Nashik, Thane, Nagpur and Aurangabad.
Pune’s coronavirus death rose to 47 on Thursday after four more succumbed to the COVID-19 virus. Also, 70 new persons tested positive, thus taking the number of those found infected to 497. The deceased persons are usually ones suffering from other severe co-morbidities like diabetes and cardiomyopathy.
Large areas of the city have been sealed off to halt the spread of the dreaded disease. Nobody from outside can venture into the sealed areas. Similarly, nobody residing in these areas can go out of the area. Essential services have been exempted.