Pune: Shortage of isolation and ICU beds amid surge in COVID-19 cases

ST Staff
Saturday, 4 July 2020

Major hospitals in Pune are facing a shortage in intensive care units and oxygen supply

Pune has been witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases. The district has recorded over 1,000 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. It's worrying as major hospitals in Pune are facing a shortage in intensive care units and oxygen supply.

According to data provided on the dashboards, there are 1,362 beds available with oxygen supply, out of which 295 isolation beds are vacant. According to sources, 117 beds with ventilators are vacant out of 286 beds. Doctors from various hospitals urge the government to monitor all the hospitals and the real number of available beds.

Major hospitals like Ruby Hall Clinic, Bharati hospital, and KEM hospital have run out of vacant isolation beds with oxygen supply or intensive care units. Meanwhile, Jehangir hospital only has five vacant beds with oxygen supply.

The dashboard shows, Deenanath Mangeshkar hospital has all its ICU with ventilators occupied and only one isolation bed with oxygen supply is available.

However, in Symbiosis hospital there are 50 beds available, with only one ICU room with a ventilator and Jupiter hospital has 60 isolation beds with oxygen supply available and seven beds with a ventilator each, are available.

Dr Sanjay Lalwani, medical director at Bharati hospital spoke to The Indian Express and said, "The severity has increased tenfold in the last 15 days, and there is a shortage of beds with ventilators. All our ventilators are occupied."

“We are also facing a shortage of doctors and nurses, and have been advising home isolation, asymptomatic patients. So far, across our six centres, we have at least 35 to 40 COVID patients in home isolation,” informed Dr Sunil Rao, general manager at Sahyadri hospital to IIE.

Naval Kishore Ram stressed on the need to sensitise people on new guidelines and home isolation. He said, more than 500 COVID-19 asymptomatic patients are in home isolation.  According to reports, Pune District reported 1,199 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total tally to 26,143. The city reported around 17 deaths, taking the total death count to 822.

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