COVID-19 Pune: Not many admitted to the city's first jumbo hospital facility at COEP yet

Sakal Times News Desk
Tuesday, 25 August 2020

While Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials and Pune District Administration officials are pointing fingers at each other for the delay in providing critical health services to COVID-19 patients in the city, it has been clarified that patients presently admitted in government, municipal or dedicated private hospitals in the city will not be shifted at the jumbo hospital.

Pune: Two days after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar inaugurated Pune's first jumbo hospital facility at the College of Engineering Pune (COEP) ground, no patient was admitted in the facility till Tuesday (August 25) evening 4 pm.

While Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) health officials and Pune District Administration officials are pointing fingers at each other for the delay in providing critical health services to COVID-19 patients in the city, it has been clarified that patients presently admitted in government, municipal or dedicated private hospitals in the city will not be shifted at the jumbo hospital. The district administration is said to have decided to admit only those patients who need oxygenated and ICU beds at the jumbo hospital facility.

PMC Health Chief Dr Ramchandra Hankare said the decision to start admitting patients at the jumbo hospital facility will be taken after a meeting at the Pune Divisional Commissioner office. Earlier, Deputy CM Ajit Pawar had stated that the facility will be sanitised completely before patients are brought in for treatment. For this sanitisation activity, the jumbo hospital was supposedly closed on Monday (August 24). However, even after a day, neither PMC nor district administration officials had a clear answer on when the patients will be admitted at the facility.

Features of COEP Jumbo Hospital

• Patients from Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad city, Rural District area will benefit
• Total 800 beds hospital of which 200 are ICU beds and 600 are oxygenated beds
• Spread over 32 thousand square metre area of COEP ground, the hospital is of 13 thousand square metre size
• Equipped with a liquid oxygen tank and reserved oxygen cylinders
• Proper ventilation for clean and pure air ensured with low-pressure air conditioning systems
• Management Centre, Laboratory, Medical store, accommodation for doctors, canteen, parking facilities provided
• Special facilities at patient admission area especially for the differently-abled patients are provided
• Hospital area divided into red and green zones for visitors and patients

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