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Pune: 17 ventilators received under PM-Care Fund gather dust at YCM hospital

Last year, PCMC had received 72 ventilators under the PM-Care Fund. Later, the central government had asked the PCMC to donate at least 16 ventilators to B J Medical College. The rest of them were installed at YCM hospital.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 10, 2021 10:48:44 pm
All 17 ventilators are at the storeroom of YCM Hospital. (Express Photo)

WHILE civic hospitals in Pimpri-Chichwad have completely run out of ventilator beds and the administration is making efforts to procure more ventilators, as many as 17 ventilators received under the PM Cares fund are gathering dust for want to repair.

“At least 17 ventilators received under PM Cares Fund last year need repairs… we are waiting for the agency to get them repaired,” said YCM Hospital and Medical College Dean Dr Rajendra Wable.

Last year, the PCMC had received 72 ventilators under the PM Cares Fund. Later, the central government asked the PCMC to donate at least 16 ventilators to B J Medical College while the rest were installed at YCM hospital. However, in the last two to three months, 17 of them developed problems.

“The ventilators have been lying un used as they have not been repaired so far. Their parts are not available in the market…,” said Dr Wable. Health officials said the ventilators were procured from Bharat Electronics Ltd.

“The company has appointed some agency to look into their repairs. As and when they get the parts, we expect them to repair them. Once repaired, these ventilators can be installed in other civic hospitals or can be on stand-by at YCM Hospital,” said Dr Wable.

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Meanwhile, PCMC health and medical chief Dr Anil Roy said by Saturday morning, none of the five hospitals of the civic body had a single ventilator bed in their ICUs while in private hospitals, only eight ventilator beds were available. “There is acute shortage of ventilator beds in the city. If the need arises for ventilator beds, it will be difficult to ensure them for the patients,” he said.

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