Pune: After complaints, PMC seeks information about workforce, facilities provided at COEP Jumbo hospital facility

Salil Urunkar
Tuesday, 1 September 2020

The Jumbo COVID Care Centre for poor and needy patients has been set up at COEP premises with a capacity of about 800 beds. Yet, there are several complaints that patients are not being admitted even though their condition is serious.

Pune: Municipal Corporation has sought information about beds, doctors, nurses and other facilities provided at the jumbo COVID Care Centre, set up with the hope of free, timely treatment for the critically ill Covid-19 patients. Also, the PMC officials will take a stock of the supply of medicines, meals for the patients and hygienic practices implemented at the centre.

If these matters are ignored, action will be taken against the jumbo hospital facility management. On Monday, PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal appointed PMC officials at the door of the jumbo hospital facility and made arrangements for the needy patients to get treatment easily. PMRDA, Sassoon Hospital and municipal health chiefs met with the agency appointed for the jumbo facility and Agarwal also directed the responsible agencies to present the actual situation related to the workforce in the centre.

As a result, there is hope that Jumbo's purpose will be achieved. The Jumbo COVID Care Centre for poor and needy patients has been set up at COEP premises with a capacity of about 800 beds. Yet, there are several complaints that patients are not being admitted even though their condition is serious.

A male patient, including a woman, died on Sunday (August 30) afternoon at the Jumbo COVID Centre in COEP due to untimely and inadequate treatment. It is clear that these incidents took place due to the lackadaisical attitude of the employees at the centre. In the wake of this incident, the Pune Municipal Corporation called all the concerned agencies and contractors involved in the construction of this jumbo facility including PMRDA, which has been entrusted with various responsibilities. At the same time, Agarwal has sought information on the exact number of doctors, nurses and other staff in Jumbo.

PMC Additional Commissioner Rubal Agarwal said, "The facilities at Jumbo have been reviewed. It has been suggested to provide oxygen and ventilator beds to critically ill patients as per their requirement. The adequate workforce has also been provided. 15 beds will be reserved for the patients who have come to the centre for treatment without testing themselves."

"The Municipal Corporation has also taken serious note of the deaths of both due to lack of proper treatment. A report has also been sought about how these incidents took place," she added.

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