Pune: Private hospitals have 25 per cent coronavirus patients from other districts

Sakal Times Staff
Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Many private hospitals in the city are admitting Corona patients from other districts for treatment. The administration has observed that the proportion of such patients is as high as 25 per cent.

Pune: Many private hospitals in the city are admitting Corona patients from other districts for treatment. The administration has observed that the proportion of such patients is as high as 25 per cent.

As a result, complaints of non-availability of beds in private hospitals for corona patients in Pune have been coming the administration for the last few days. Against this backdrop, priority should be given to treating patients in Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and rural areas.

Also, as the number of patients in Pune is increasing, various measures are being taken by the administration to make the beds available. Some private hospitals will be refurbished as 'Corona Hospitals'.

Hospitals are required to update information on the availability of facilities such as beds, for each of their respective hospitals on the dashboard, daily. Information on stocks of medicines available for home-quarantined patients, charges for patients, work schedule, and accommodation of doctors treating patients with coronary heart disease, intensive care unit (ICU bed), artificial respiratory system, ventilator are being collected on a daily basis.

It has been observed that many patients from outside of Pune district are being treated in some hospitals. Acting on this information, the district administration has instructed to give priority to the patients from Pune District for timely treatment of corona patients in Pune and availability of beds for emergency purposes.

Order to send patients home without symptoms
It has been observed that many private hospitals in the city are treating COVID-19 patients from outside of Pune district. Patients from Solapur, Ahmednagar, Satara, and Latur form most of the incoming traffic. They are being admitted to private hospitals in the city as they find the treatment facilities in their districts to be sub-standard. The proportion of such patients is about 25 %. However, as the number of corona patients in Pune is increasing day by day, the administration has ordered to send the asymptomatic patients home or to the corona care center.

Speaking to Sakal Times, Pune District Collector - Naval Kishore Ram said, "As the number of corona patients is increasing, it is expected to treat patients mainly from Pune district. Also, we are all working to curb the virus and break the chain. This does not mean that patients from outside of Pune should not be treated. However, priority should be given to Pune residents, so that time can be given to other emergency medical cases."

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