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As hospitals run out of beds, PCMC to install 50 ventilator beds at Jumbo Hospital

Along with the 50 ventilators, the PCMC administration said 800 oxygen beds will come up at five civic facilities and some private hospitals within a week.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: April 12, 2021 9:45:22 pm
The jumbo facility at Nehrunagar. (File)

As civic and private hospitals have run out of ventilator beds in Pimpri-Chinchwad, the civic body has undertaken the process of installing 50 ventilator beds at the jumbo hospital located in Nehrunagar. The PCMC administration also said that in one week’s time, 800 oxygen beds will come up at five civic facilities and some private hospitals.

“In a couple of days, 50 ventilators are being installed at the jumbo hospital. With this, the total number of ventilator beds will go up to 80 at the jumbo hospital,” Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil told The Indian Express.

According to PCMC health and medical chief Dr Anil Roy, there were only four ventilators available in Pimpri-Chinchwad till Sunday evening and all of them were in private hospitals. “By Monday afternoon, those too will be occupied… the five PCMC facilities have no ventilator beds available either,” he said.

Dr Sangram Kapale, CEO of jumbo hospital, said, “Of the 50 ventilators, 15 were installed by Sunday evening. We expect others to be installed in a couple of days.”

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The PCMC chief said while they have already planned to make oxygen beds available at Covid care centres, the civic administration is expecting at least 800 oxygen beds to be added to private and PCMC hospitals. “This should happen in a week’s time…The jumbo hospital’s oxygen bed capacity will also go up,” he said.

Dr Kapale said as of now, 400 oxygen beds are operational at jumbo hospital.

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