COVID-19 Pune: Relatives struggle to get ventilators for patients

Sakal Times News Desk
Friday, 17 July 2020

The number of beds available in the city has been updated on the district administration's website. It was found on Thursday that only one private hospital in the city has two ventilator beds available.

Pune: Coronavirus has taken over the beds in the intensive care unit for critically ill patients in government and private hospitals, leaving new patients without space. Therefore, their relatives are now rushing to the hospital with serious patients.

In Pune, a retired scientist died due to COVID-19 without ventilator facilities. This shows that the condition of the beds is serious. Many critically ill patients have to flee and struggle from the hospital to get ventilator beds in the intensive care unit (ICU) as beds are not available in private as well as government hospitals. The situation of critically ill patients in the city is beginning to get worrying.

There are no beds left in the district administration and municipal hospitals. In some reputed hospitals in Pune, there are ordinary beds available, so the intensive care unit should not be considered. The Pune Municipal Corporation's Naidu Hospital has 120 beds out of which 70 are normal beds for segregation, 43 beds with oxygen and 7 beds with ventilators. None of these beds are currently empty.

So, Sassoon General Hospital has 268 beds for COVID-19 patients out of which 66 are for segregation, 154 for oxygen and 44 with ventilators. None of these beds are available at present.

Only two ventilators available

The number of beds available in the city has been updated on the district administration's website. It was found on Thursday that only one private hospital in the city has two ventilator beds available. So, the municipal administration has entered into agreements with some of the private hospitals. There is not a single ventilator bed in these hospitals. Bharti Hospital, Columbia Asia, Deenanath, Inamdar, Symbiosis, Global, Navale, KEM hospitals do not have a single ventilator in the intensive care unit. So, in case of an urgent requirement, patients will have to risk their lives just like the scientist.

Edited by:
Khevna Pandit

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