Updated: April 27, 2021 12:31:37 am
With all 411 ventilator beds at civic and private hospitals occupied by Covid-19 patients for more than a week now, the PCMC has stepped forward to help private hospitals increase their capacity of ventilator beds. The administration has decided to donate 35 such beds to seven top private hospitals located in civic limits.
“Covid-19 cases have risen manifold… As a result, the demand for ventilator beds has been rising. All the ventilator beds at both civic and private hospitals are occupied. Therefore, we have decided to provide 35 ventilator beds to seven private hospitals,” said Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil.
Patil said these ventilator beds were received by the civic body from different companies under corporate social responsibility. “We will be handing over the ventilator beds to these private hospitals on a temporary basis,” he said.
Hospitals that will receive the ventilator beds include Dr DY Patil Hospital, Pimpri; Lokmanya Hospital in Nigdi and Chinchwad; Aditya Birla Hospital, Thergaon; Niramaya Hospital, Chinchwad; Star Hospital, Akurdi; and Accord Hospital, Moshi. DY Patil hospital will get the maximum number of ventilator beds at 10. Civic officials said this was because treatment charges at DY Patil hospital were lower than in other private hospitals.
“These ventilator beds will be made available to the private hospitals in two days,” Patil said.
The PCMC has issued certain guidelines for handing over the beds, including that private hospitals receiving these beds from the civic body should give top priority to patients registered with the PCMC war room, slash usual treatment charges by 50 per cent, and handle the maintenance of the ventilator beds. The beds are being given to these private hospitals on a temporary basis.
Lokmanya hospital spokesperson Dr Shrikrishna Joshi said, “Ventilators are currently high in demand. Only yesterday, we received 350 calls from families of Covid patients… We were pursuing with the PCMC through MP Shrirang Barne to get some ventilator beds… Each bed costs upward of Rs 12 lakh, not every hospital can afford to purchase several ventilator beds at once.”
PCMC to bear funeral expenses
In another decision, the PCMC has decided to bear the expenditure for the funeral of Covid-19 patients. The funerals are being conducted in electrical crematoriums as well as in a traditional manner. The electric crematoriums are located at Nigdi, Sangvi, Bhosari, Link Road, Chinchwad and Nehrunagar. At Morwadi, Kalewadi, Pimple Gurav and Pimprinagar, electric as well traditional cremations are being carried out.
“The PCMC will bear the expenditure of Rs 6,000 for wood and cow dung cakes required for traditional funerals,” said the PCMC chief.
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