PUNE: Though the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has made arrangements for quarantine and isolation wards in its hospitals because of COVID-19 outbreak, the civic body is facing a shortage of beds in quarantine wards. The civic body had purchased second-hand beds as new beds would require more time. Despite this, it is facing a shortfall of 200 beds.
The PMC had announced the arrangement of 500 beds for quarantine wards. It made arrangements for isolation and quarantine wards in PMC-owned hospitals such as Naidu Hospital, Laigude Hospital (Sinhagad Road) , etc. However, it does not have enough beds to place in these wards. The PMC has decided to set up isolation wards in all civic establishments. Furniture, medical facilities and manpower are being arranged. It has set up a City Task Force and assigned senior officials to manage it. However, the PMC does not have sufficient number of beds to keep in isolation and quarantine wards.
REUSE OLD BEDS
PMC Assistant Medical officer Dr Sanjiv Wavare said, “The PMC has 71 different hospitals and they do not have enough beds. Now, there is no time to procure new beds from the market in such a huge quantity. We also don’t have time to wait for new ones. So, we have decided to repair unused beds and and procure second-hand beds from the market.”
- PMC’s disaster management cell has been searching for beds for the last three days. However, it has been able to get 25 beds so far.
- PMC Deputy Municipal Commissioner Madhav Jagtap said, “We need 200 beds and it is difficult to order new ones and procure them from the market. We are purchasing second-hand beds.”