Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) swung into action on Saturday and made 24 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds from three private hospitals available for critical patients who were tested positive for COVID-19 in the last few days. PMC has also ensured that an additional 36 ICU and oxygen beds from four private hospitals and 50 ICU beds from Sassoon hospital will be available for treating critical COVID-19 patients in the city.
Sakal Times had reported on Saturday that as of July 17, about 20 critical patients in the city were on a waiting list for ventilator beds despite the efforts of screening of private hospitals by the PMC officials. These patients were temporarily put on oxygen support and were admitted in small private hospitals or getting treatment at home, as big hospitals did not have the ICU or ventilator bed vacancy. The 20 critical patients are from the age group of 40 to 60 and 70 to 75 years. The PMC COVID-19 bulletin of 9.30 pm July 18 says the total number of critical patients in the city was 547. Out of the 89 were on ventilator (invasive) support.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Rubal Agrawal tweeted about the hospital beds availability on Saturday evening. In her tweet, Agrawal said, "On Saturday, 7 ICU beds from Jehangir Hospital, 6 ICU beds from Tidke Hospital and 11 ICU beds from Shree Hospital have been made available for critical patients suffering from COVID-19 disease."
"On Monday, 7 more ICU beds from Jehangir Hospital, 15 oxygen beds from Sancheti Hospital, 7 ICU beds from Vinoo Poonawala Hospital and on Tuesday 9 ICU beds from Devyani Hospital will be made available for treating COVID-19 critical patients. In addition to this, 50 ICU beds in Sassoon Hospital will also be available," Agrawal has claimed.
Agrawal said, "All critical patients will now get an ICU bed for treatment. We are constantly making efforts to improve the healthcare facilities in the city."
The district administration has also earlier appealed to mild symptomatic patients admitted in hospitals and to vacate the ventilator or oxygen beds and make them available for more critical patients. Dr Sanjeev Vavare, Assistant Chief of Health department of PMC had stated that the PMC is in talks with other 14 new private hospitals to make ICU beds available for patients.