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Dip in Covid cases prompts PMC to halt patient admissions to jumbo hospital, three Covid care centres

At the peak of the second wave of coronavirus infections, the PMC had set-up four CCCs in different parts of the city with a total capacity of accommodating 1,280 patients.

Written by Ajay Jadhav | Pune |
Updated: June 22, 2021 10:54:28 pm
At a Covid Care Centre in Pune. (Express Photo: Pavan Khengre, File)

The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has temporarily stopped patient admissions in its jumbo Covid hospital and three of its four Covid Care Centres (CCCs), after the number of hospitalised Covid-19 patients in the city dropped below 1,000.

At the peak of the second wave of coronavirus infections, the PMC had set-up four CCCs in different parts of the city with a total capacity of accommodating 1,280 patients.

“The three CCCs set up at Ramchandra Bankar school in Hadapsar, the sports complex in Balewadi and SNDT college on Karve Road have been shut now. The civic staff at the CCCs have been relieved from responsibility and directed to join their original desk in the civic body,” said Additional Municipal Commissioner Rubal Agarwal.

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The only CCC currently operational is at Gangadham Fire building in Bibwewadi, she said.

“The number of Covid-19 patients in need of hospitalisation has reduced drastically with the slowdown of the viral infection. Patient admissions to the jumbo Covid hospital in Shivajinagar has been stopped. Patients in need of hospitalisation are either being admitted to the dedicated Covid hospital in Baner, Dalvi hospital or Naidu hospital,” said a civic officer.

“Patient admission to these facilities will be restarted whenever required,” he added.

Of the 2,470 active Covid-19 cases in the city, 359 are in critical condition while 503 patients are on oxygen support. In more than 70 per cent of total active cases, the patients are in home isolation, according to PMC data.

However, the civic administration is not taking any chances given experts’ prediction that a third wave of coronavirus infections may arrive later this year, and affect children more. The PMC is busy scaling up health infrastructure for treatment of pediatric patients.

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