Pune: Consistent flow of outstation patients willing to undergo COVID-19 treatment in Pune city is putting a strain on the private healthcare facilities. These patients are coming from five neighbouring districts - Satara, Nagar, Solapur, Nashik, Sangli and Kolhapur. The district administration has however clarified that these patients can't be stopped from coming to Pune city and private hospitals should ramp up their capacities and manage their resources by asking mild symptomatic patients to get treatment at home.
Patients from Baramati, Barshi, Karad, Phaltan, Sangamner, Narayangaon, Satara, Solapur, Sangli and Kolhapur are increasingly opting for medical treatment in Pune city. The 44 hospitals in Pune city which are treating COVID-19 patients are already full to their capacity and are now feeling burdened with the continuous pouring in of patients from these neighbouring taluka and district places.
Dr P K Grant said, "A large number of outstation patients are coming at our hospital and we simply don't have the capacity to accommodate everyone. So, unfortunately, we have to create a waiting list for patients to be admitted. Better healthcare facilities should be made available to patients at their district level so that they receive treatment there itself."
Dr Dhananjay Kelkar said, "All our beds are occupied because of the rising number of patients from neighbouring districts. We are admitting them, and after treatment when their condition becomes stable, they are being shifted elsewhere. We are increasing our capacities, but there is a limit to that too."
Divisional Commissioner Dr Deepak Mhaisekar said, "The COVID-19 outbreak situation in Satara and Solapur is worsening. Since Pune city is a medical hub with the best medical facilities, patients are coming here and we can't stop them. Hospitals in Pune city should ramp up their capacities. Patients who don't have severe symptoms of COVID-19 should be asked to stay home so that critical patients will get the ventilator and oxygen beds in hospitals."