Updated: January 5, 2022 9:01:29 pm
AS CASES of Covid-19 infection crossed the 15,000-mark in the city on Wednesday, Mumbai Municipal Commissioner I S Chahal wrote to private hospitals asking them to increase their Covid bed allocation for the virus with immediate effect. The capacity should be spruced up to the highest level which existed during the peak of the second wave in 2021, the commissioner has said.
Speaking to the Indian Express, Chahal said while the demand for beds is not very high right now, preparation needs to be done for worst-case scenario. “We are planning for a worst-case scenario. When we go to war, we prepare for the best,” Chahal said.
Chahal’s communication to private hospitals as well as the civic body’s deputy commissioner, ward officers and other authorities states that approximately 10-12 per cent patients are turning up symptomatic on a daily basis. The number of Covid positive cases is likely to double in the state capital in the next five to seven days, he added.
“Since more than 95% cases are being detected from non-slum areas, there is tremendous demand for beds in private hospitals only. Patients are reluctant to go to Covid Jumbo hospitals and BMC hospitals,” Chahal said in a communication sent to hospitals and civic authorities.
Noting that private hospitals have done “outstanding work in management of Covid pandemic”, he said each private hospital will have to update an increase in Covid bed allocation on the real-time integrated dashboard set up by the civic body by informing the director of the disaster management control room.
The instructions apply to all 142 private hospitals in Mumbai, which participated in the control of the second wave of the Covid pandemic between March and May 2021, the municipal commissioner’s message read.
“Therefore, I humbly request all private hospitals to rise to the occasion and maintain their credibility in the eyes of citizens of Mumbai. I would also like to mention here that the present third wave of Covid in Mumbai may not last for more than 4-5 weeks as per experience of South Africa. Therefore, we must rise to the occasion in this last phase of the fight in Covid pandemic. This may be treated as an SOS for which I shall be personally grateful to all the private hospitals’ management,” his message said.
BMC staff will start inspecting the hospitals from January 11 to verify if the number of Covid beds in each private hospital has been restored to its peak level earlier, he added.
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