COVID-19 Pune: Rubal Agarwal given jumbo responsibility after private agency fails to deliver services

Salil Urunkar
Sunday, 6 September 2020

Rubal Agarwal, Additional Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation, has been given the responsibility of COEP jumbo hospital management

Pune: Rubal Agarwal, Additional Commissioner at Pune Municipal Corporation, has been given the responsibility of COEP jumbo hospital management. With this new responsibility, Agarwal will have three additional posts, including Additional Commissioner and CEO of Smart City project

Despite warnings, ‘Lifeline’ – the agency appointed for the management of the jumbo – did not improve the services at the jumbo facilities. Finally, Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao and Additional Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation Rubal Agarwal took over the jumbo hospital management on Friday evening and set up the infrastructure.

At the same time, workforce and essential supplies were provided and the system in jumbo has been changed. New facilities were provided for doctors and nurses working at jumbo facilities. New patients were admitted, patients undergoing treatment were recovered and efforts were made to save the lives of critically ill patients. A cardiac ambulance was also made available for the facility.

An attempt has been made to give a new look to jumbo facilities by providing new doctors, nurses, stocks of medicines, ambulances and other necessary facilities for doctors. Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao will be supervising all these facilities.

Rajendra Muthe, Deputy Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation and the new coordinator of ‘Jumbo’ facility said, “Jumbo hospital currently has about three hundred patients. Most of them have other ailments (comorbidities). Condition of these patients is deteriorating during the Covid-19 treatment. Therefore, a separate system has been set up for the specific treatment of all the patients after collating their ‘medical history’. For this, the patients will be examined and treated by expert doctors.”

Rubal Agarwal, Additional Commissioner of Pune Municipal Corporation said, “The whole system in jumbo hospital has been changed so that everyone can get treatment easily. We are trying to prevent mortality completely. Measures have been taken at all levels for this. However, now the relatives of the patients should cooperate with the system.”

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