Pune: The Pune Municipal Corporation’s (PMC) dedicated Covid Hospital at Baner was inaugurated by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on August 28 in the presence of Leader of Opposition Devendra Fadnavis. Mayor Muralidhar Mohol had announced that the hospital will have all the facilities ready and will be operational in two days but no patient has been treated at the hospital for six days now.
The political leadership and administration officials are not so keen when it comes to implementing and making arrangement of facilities at the dedicated Covid hospital in Baner. These very officials and political leaders were eager to take credit during the inauguration ceremony of the facility. As the number of Covid-19 patients is increasing day by day in the city, Covid hospital with 314 beds was set up by the Pune Municipal Corporation in Survey No. 109 at Baner. It has 270 oxygen beds and 44 ICU beds. The hospital was hastily set up and inaugurated in twenty days, but is yet not functional.
Citizens are questioning the motive behind the haste in inaugurating the hospital despite the work being incomplete. Citizens are upset over the fact that the hospital has not been made functional for treating Covid-19 patients from the area.
Health officials at the hospital could not be reached for comment. According to the staff, the hospital will start functioning from Thursday (September 3). The hospital has not yet been notified on the dash board launched by the Pune Divisional Commissioner office for displaying bed availability situation in the city.
Earlier, TV9 journalist Pandurang Raikar (age 42) died due to inadequate facilities and lack of proper treatment at the jumbo hospital in Shivajinagar recently set up by the Pune Municipal Corporation and the district administration. He did not get an ambulance in time to be admitted to a private hospital.