Updated: March 20, 2021 8:24:23 pm
AS COVID-19 cases surged to a six-month high of 1,341 on a single day, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has stepped up its efforts to meet the situation vis-a-vis the availability of beds. The civic administration has directed 40 private hospitals to reserve 2,800 beds for coronavirus patients.
Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil on Friday wrote to private hospitals to ensure that beds for Covid patients are reserved, in view of the daily rise in cases, civic officials said. The PCMC has also decided to start a Covid care centre in Gharkul area, but no decision has been taken yet on restarting the 800-bed jumbo Covid hospital in Nehrunagar.
Additional Health chief Dr Pavan Salve said the private hospitals have been asked to keep the beds ready as the industrial city has been witnessing rapid rise in cases. “From around 60 cases in early February, we are now witnessing around 1,300 cases every day. In view of this, we will need extra beds. Though we also have a good bed capacity in our hospitals, we will need the help of all 40 private hospitals in the city,” he said.
The PCMC has 210 beds reserved for Covid patients at the civic body-run YCM hospital which is the biggest one in the industrial city. At other civic hospitals like New Bhosari hospital, there are 100 beds, while New Jijamata hospital has 100 beds and Balnagari Covid care centre has 500 beds. “Of 500 beds are Balnagari, 400 are already occupied. We are starting the Gharkul Covid care centre, which will have 400 beds,” he said.
Dr Salve said the situation has been manageable so far, as several patients have mild symptoms and prefer home isolation. “We are admitting only those with severe symptoms,” he said.
Dr Salve however said the decision regarding the start of the jumbo hospital will be taken by the district administration. “When we get the clearance, we will start it,” he said.
On Friday, Pimpri-Chinchwad registered 1,341 new cases, which civic officials said was the highest in last six month. The “B” zonal offices registered the highest number of 258 cases on a single day.
The health department said 641 patients were discharged on Friday. Six patients, which include two from outside PCMC limits, died on Friday. These included a 60-year-old patient from Chinchwad and three 85-year-old men.
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Since March 2020, Pimpri-Chinchwad has registered 1,19,518 cases. Of these, 1,08,143 have been discharged. The industrial city has so far seen 2,695 deaths. Of these, 1,897 are from Pimpri-Chinchwad limits while the rest are from outside PCMC limits like Khadki, Dehu Road, PMC and nearby talukas.
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