Updated: May 15, 2021 12:06:42 am
The PCMC has decided to reserve 300 beds at three hospitals and 1,000 at a Covid care centre, exclusively for for children. Additional municipal commissioner Vikas Dhakane told The Indian Express on Friday that these arrangements were being made “in anticipation of a third wave of Covid-19”. He said a 150 to 200-bed Covid paediatric ward will be set up at YCMH. “Besides, we plan to reserve 100 beds at Jijamata hospital, another 50 will be reserved at the eye hospital at Masulkar Colony,” he added.
Dhakane also said the PCMC was planning to take over a vacant MHADA building at Masulkar Colony to set up a 1,000-bed Covid care centre for children. “All these arrangements are being made in anticipation of the third wave, where it is predicted children will be affected more,” he said.
Health officials said at Jijamata hospital, more beds were being provided for children. Dr Rajendra Wable, dean of YCMH, said, “As of now, we have 30 beds reserved for children in general ward. Of these, six to seven are for Covid-19 patients. We also have 15 beds each at NICU (newborn intensive care unit) and PICU (paediatric intensive care unit).”
Dr Wable said according to the civic administration’s latest plan, the paediatric ward will be expanded by at least 150 beds or more. “Besides, there will be 30 ventilator beds at intensive care units,” he added.
Dr Wable also said the PCMC administration had instructed the hospital to start the process of expanding the paediatric ward. “It will take 15 to 20 days to set up the new ward,” he said.
Dhakane said the civic body will provide the required medical and non-medical staff. “Besides, it will be ensured that ventilators are provided through CSR (corporate social responsibility) fund,” he added.
Mayor Usha Dhore said the 150-oxygen bed hospital at Akurdi and 200-oxygen bed hospital at Thergaon will soon start functioning. “The Akurdi hospital has 150 oxygen and 12 ventilator beds, while the Thergaon hospital has 200 oxygen and 18 ventilator beds. The beds will soon be available as the work on both hospitals has been completed,” she said.
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On Thursday, Dhore had visited the two hospitals to take stock of the situation. Deputy mayor Hirabai Ghule, PCMC House leader Namdeo Dhake, additional municipal commissioner Vikas Dhake, additional health chief Dr Pavan Salve and medical officer Dr Laxman Gofane were also present.
Dhore said the Akurdi hospital had been constructed at the cost of Rs 39 crore while the Thergaon hospital cost Rs 48 crore. “Both hospitals have 10,000-litre capacity oxygen plants,” she added.
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