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Pimpri: PCMC says 1,400 oxygen beds available for Covid patients; hospitals face shortage of ventilator beds

PCMC Additional Health chief Dr Anil Roy said by 12 noon on Thursday, 1,404 oxygen beds were available in PCMC-run COVID hospitals and Covid Care Centres and private hospitals.

Written by Manoj Dattatrye More | Pune |
Updated: May 14, 2021 1:18:26 am
Pune: Across large city hospitals, critical care beds still not easily availableA 100 Bed Covid care center was inaugurated by Deputy CM Ajit Pawar (Online) at RMD College Warje Malwadi on Friday. (Express photo by Ashish Kale)

AFTER a torrid April when Covid-19 patients struggled to get access to oxygen beds, the situation in Pimpri-Chinchwad is slightly better in May, with over 1,400 oxygen beds available in civic and private hospitals. This is being attributed to the fall in active infection cases.

PCMC Additional Health chief Dr Anil Roy said by 12 noon on Thursday, 1,404 oxygen beds were available in PCMC-run Covid hospitals, Covid care centres and private hospitals. “Of the 4,808 oxygen beds available in civic and private hospitals, 2,404 are occupied by patients and as many as 1,404 oxygen beds are vacant,” he said.

However, Dr Roy said only 10 ventilator beds were available in private hospitals. “There are no ventilator beds available in civic hospitals like YCMH, Auto Cluster Covid hospital or jumbo hospital,” he said.

Officials said there are 104 vacant non-ventilator beds in intensive care units of various hospitals, and around 1,300 beds without oxygen available in hospitals. In all, there are 135 Covid hospitals and 22 Covid Care Centres in Pimpri-Chinchwad.

PCMC Additional Health chief Dr Pavan Salve said in the past few days, Covid-19 cases have not risen as much as they did in March and April. “We had over 23,000 active cases last month. Now the cases have gone below the 21,000 mark,” he said.

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According to the Health department, as on Wednesday evening, there were 5,990 patients in the hospital and 14,930 patients in home isolation.

Dr Rajendra Wable, dean of YCM Hospital, said the hospital had 25 oxygen beds available, but no vacant ventilator bed were available.

“Ventilator beds are rarely vacant. The condition of some patients who are on oxygen suddenly deteriorates, therefore we have to shift
them to our ICU… there is a long queue of patients for ventilator beds in ICU,” he said.

Dr Harshal Pandve, who handles the triage section at YCM Hospital, said, “As on 1 pm, there were 210 oxygen beds available in the Auto Cluster Covid Hospital and jumbo hospital. Of these, the Auto Cluster facility has 120 oxygen beds.”

The doctors at the triage section of YCM hospital recommend patients to either Auto Cluster hospital or jumbo hospital. Patients can’t directly go and get admitted to these facilities.

At Aditya Birla Hospital, the biggest private hospital in Chinchwad, all ventilator and oxygen beds are occupied. “Though demand for oxygen beds has come up down in the past few days, we do not have any unoccupied oxygen or ventilator beds,” said Rekha Dubey, CEO of Aditya Birla Hospital.

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