Pune: Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the district and civic administration to increase the number hospital beds for treatment COVID-19 patients and also asked them to keep ambulances equipped with oxygenated beds ready to bring down the fatality ratio in the city.
Pune city has a total of 17,861 active Covid-19 cases as of July 29. The bed capacity augmentation is a big challenge for the district, and civic administrations as patients and their relatives are finding it difficult to find vacant ventilators, oxygen and ICU beds in the private and civic hospitals of the city. Thackeray urged the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to take the initiative to increase the number of hospital beds in the city and assured that the state government will provide the necessary financial assistance to PMC.
Thackeray said, “Several patients who test reports come positive for COVID-19 avoid going to the hospital. In many cases, patients die due to delay in treatment for the COVID-19 disease. To prevent such incidents, the private laboratories should not hand over the test report to the patient directly. The labs should give the report first to the PMC so that the civic administration can arrange for a hospital bed for the patient. Also, there should be synchronisation and coordination between agencies in Pune city, Pimpri-Chinchwad city and district areas.”
The PMC plans to set up a jumbo hospital facility at the COEP, which will have 600 oxygenated beds and 200 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds for treating Covid-19 patients. The total number of patients receiving treatment on oxygen support for COVID-19 is 2292.
Commenting on the oxygenated beds issue, Thackeray said, “The jumbo hospital work should be expedited, and the bed management information should be made available through a computerised system. The civic administration should review this system from time to time. To prevent the death of patients due to lack of oxygen beds, ambulances equipped with oxygenated beds should be kept ready.”