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PCMC to increase oxygen, ventilator beds; all 87 vaccination centres to remain open today

"As COVID cases are rising every day, there is a shortage of beds in both private and civic hospitals. As a first step, health officials have been directed to set up oxygen beds in three COVID care centres," said Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 11, 2021 2:41:01 am
PCMC, Pune Covid cases, Pune CCC, Pune oxygen needs, Pune case surge, Indian expressThe civic chief said besides the CCCs, the PCMC will also set up 300 oxygen beds at its Akurdi, Bhosari and Jijamata hospitals.

With more Covid-19 patients seeking hospitalisation, and the industrial city of Pimpri-Chinchwad running out of both oxygen and ventilator beds, the area’s administration has stepped up efforts to increase bed capacities across hospitals.

“As Covid cases are rising every day, shortage of beds is being seen in both private and civic hospitals. As a first step, 22 oxygen beds should be set up in three Covid care centres,” PCMC Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil has directed health officials.

Patil said, “Those with mild symptoms are admitted at Covid care centres. However, when the condition of some patients suddenly deteriorates, it becomes very difficult to get oxygen beds or ventilator beds for them. Therefore, we have decided to provide 10 oxygen beds at the Balnagari Covid care centre in Bhosari, six at Balewadi COVID care centres and another six at Gharkul Covid care centre.

The civic chief said besides the CCCs, the PCMC will also set up 300 oxygen beds at its Akurdi, Bhosari and Jijamata hospitals.

Patil said the PCMC also has plans to set up 50 ventilator beds. “This should happen in next three-four days,” he said.

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He added said, “The civic administration is making all efforts to ensure that Covid patients do not have to struggle for beds. We are formulating plans to meet the situation arising out of the rise in cases. However, we also appeal to the citizens to help the administration by following Covid-appropriate behaviour which will prevent the spread of the virus.”

Meanwhile, PCMC, which had shut down all vaccination centres for Friday, said all vaccination centres will operate on Saturday. “We received 20,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine on Saturday. Therefore, all our 87 centres, including private ones, will operate on Saturday,” said PCMC additional medical and health officer Dr Pavan Salve.

On Friday, PCMC had shut all of its 87 vaccination centres due to shortage of the vaccine. The zilla parishad had urged citizens from Pimpri-Chinchwad to get vaccinated at its centre in Aundh General Hospital.

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