COVID-19 Pune: Centralised command for hospital bed management activated in eight PMC wards

Sakal Times Staff
Monday, 3 August 2020

Municipal Corporation (PMC) has activated the central bed allocation and management system (Central Command) in eight of its ward jurisdiction, which will facilitate patients and their relatives to find a vacant hospital bed especially a ventilator or oxygenated bed in government, civic or private hospital in the city.

Pune: Municipal Corporation (PMC) has activated the central bed allocation and management system (Central Command) in eight of its ward jurisdiction, which will facilitate patients and their relatives to find a vacant hospital bed especially a ventilator or oxygenated bed in government, civic or private hospital in the city.

PMC has formed control rooms in 15 ward offices and deployed manpower for the centralised command. Training is being imparted to the employees and centralised bed management is being done on a trial basis in eight wards as of now. We have encountered some issues during the trial run and those will be sorted out in two to three days. Punekars will soon get relief on the hospital bed availability front, PMC Commissioner Vikram Kumar has assured.

Kumar said, "Difference between PMC and IDSP figures on COVID-19 cases is due to two reasons. The first reason is the cutoff timeline for uploading the data is different for both. The second reason is that IDSP sources the numbers from ICMR portal in which patients coming from outside Pune city are also counted as those from within Pune city. A protocol has been set up to clear this confusion."

Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Commissioner Shravan Hardikar said, "We have converted two private hospitals out of 30 into dedicated COVID hospitals. We have also formed war rooms at our eight ward levels. All information regarding the patients is being collated by employees deployed in these war rooms."

Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao said that the private hospitals also had several issues while reporting the hospital bed availability to the administration. "Hospitals had to fill up long format forms which were very time-consuming. So upon the request of hospitals, we formed a committee of civil surgeons and district health officers and have decided to do away with 14 long format forms. Now hospitals will have to fill only four or five comprehensive formats which will reduce their non-medical work load."

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