Updated: April 8, 2021 9:44:49 pm
WITH Covid-19 cases surging, the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation has converted YCM Hospital into a dedicated Covid hospital. The YCMH administration said the move will ease the pressure of non-Covid patients on the doctors and stop mingling of Covid and non-Covid patients within the hospital premises.
Last year, the hospital was made a dedicated hospital after cases started rising in April-May. However, it was converted into a non-Covid hospital following public pressure and drop in cases in November.
In a directive, Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil said, “YCM Hospital will henceforth be a dedicated Covid hospital. With this, the OPD or outpatient department and IPD are being shut for other patients. Only emergency OPD and IPD facility will be available. Besides, maternity and paediatric wards will remain operational.”
“Every day, there are 700-800 non-Covid patients who turn up at the OPD. We have to allot doctors, nurses and other staff for the purpose. As a result, they cannot fully concentrate on Covid-19 patients,” said YCMH dean Dr Rajendra Wable.
YCM Hospital has 430 beds, including 55 intensive care unit beds for Covid patients. Dr Wable said there were 180 beds for pregnant women and children in two wards of YCM Hospital. “These will remain functional…,” he said.
Dr Wable said patients who come to the triage area are either admitted to YCM Hospital or are sent to other civic facilities like jumbo hospital and Auto Cluster. “Instead of running around and searching for beds, if patients come to our triage area, our team helps them in finding beds in our other facilities,” he said.
PCMC health chief Dr Anil Roy said the civic body has also put up helpline numbers where patients or their relatives can contact to find a bed. “PCMC is doing everything possible to help patients find beds,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Wable said there was no shortage of remedesivir injections at YCM Hospital. “As of now, we have enough stock of the injections for our patients. YCM Hospital uses the injections only for its patients and does not supply to other hospitals,” he said.
The decision has, however, not gone down well with civic activists and even some corporators.
NCP corporator Shyam Lande said, “Poor patients, especially those suffering from serious ailments, can’t afford costly private hospital treatment…Now where will they go…”.
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