Around one and half years after a proposal to upgrade the Kasturba Hospital for Infectious Diseases came up, it is now seeing the light of the day with the BMC-run hospital getting several new amenities and infrastructural changes to make it better-equipped for treatment of contagious diseases in the city.
After being criticised for admitting all infectious patients in one ward, the civic body is constructing a new isolation facility for patients affected with infectious diseases.
“Four new isolation rooms have been built in the hospital, while an isolation ward is in the pipeline. The hospital is being made better-equipped to deal with the outbreak of infectious diseases,” said Dr Padmaja Keskar, Executive Health Officer, BMC.
The four rooms will have single beds where patients with contagious diseases will be treated. “The state government had directed the BMC to have rooms ready in case there is an outbreak of Ebola in the country. Kasturba hospital is one of the designated hospitals and thus four rooms have been constructed in case a situation like this arises,” said Hospital Superintendent Chandrakant Pawar.
Pawar said the isolation ward will take some time to be completed, but when it is done, it will be able to house 10 patients by creating partitions. The hospital is also getting a few ventilators for the patients.
The hospital now has 515 beds with an approximate occupancy of 70-75 per cent daily. Currently, each ward is going through repairs and reconstruction, but since all the patients cannot be moved at once, three wards are being taken up for repair at a time, based on priority. The staff quarters are also undergoing repairs.
The specialised 25-bed burns management facility here will also get upgraded to include a plastic surgery unit. The hospital authorities are trying to procure five more beds for it.