Pune: BJP MLA Chandrakant Patil has launched a 104-bed capacity quarantine centre for his constituents of Kothrud, at a hotel in Hinjawadi, in which asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients suffering from COVID-19 disease can be kept for the mandatory period of 14 days.
Patil, who is from Kolhapur had contested the 2019 assembly elections from Kothrud constituency on the Bhartiya Janata Party's (BJP) ticket. He is also the state president of BJP. Patil has appealed to all other MLAs to start such a quarantine centre for their constituents which will give relief to the overburdened public and private healthcare facilities in the city. Patil will bear all the expenses for the centre and will take the support of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) only regarding the doctor and supporting medical staff. At present, 39 patients have been admitted to this quarantine centre.
The total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Pune city has crossed the 13,000 mark on July 18 with 547 patients in critical or serious conditions. The PMC has increased the number of tests (RT PCR and Rapid Antigen Test) conducted daily. Now, more than 1,800 tests are being conducted in the city everyday, which explains the rise of COVID-19 cases in the city recently.
Patil said, "In the near future, the number of patients who are diagnosed with Covid-19 but showing mild symptoms or those who are asymptomatic will increase. If these patients are accommodated in quarantine centres set up like this one in a hotel, the hospital beds will remain vacant for those patients who are critical or serious and really need to be hospitalized."
"With the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the municipal corporation and state government's healthcare system will not be adequate. Thus all MLAs and corporators with help of local social organisations should establish such a quarantine centre. It will benefit both citizens as well as the healthcare system," Patil added.
"Many companies are ready to use their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds for this purpose. Elected representatives should take into consideration the need of increasing quarantine facilities and also take the initiative to provide relief to their constituents," Patil said.
Edited By Pranav Jalan