Updated: April 29, 2021 9:40:01 pm
The Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to set up two more 400-bed jumbo Covid hospitals along the lines of the one in Nehrunagar in Bhosari and Sangvi.
“The tenders have been floated. After we get expression of interest from private parties and the tender is alloted, the civic administration and elected representatives will decide when to start the two facilities. The plan is to start the facilities as early as possible,” said PCMC Additional Municipal Commissioner Vikas Dhakane on Thursday.
The jumbo hospital in Bhosari will be set up on the “gaon jatra” ground while in Sangvi, it will be set up on PWD ground. The PCMC plans to spend Rs 3.33 crore to set up the two facilities. Like the jumbo facility in Nehrunagar, which is run by a private party, the new facilities will also be run by a private party, civic officials said. “We do not have additional medical staff to run the facilities…” said a health department official.
YCM Hospital dean Dr Rajendra Wable said all the facilities, including YCM hospital, are running at full capacity. “At YCMH, all the 550 beds, including the ventilator beds, are occupied. Every day, at least 50 patients are discharged and new admissions take place,” he said.
Patients do not have to register themselves online, Wable added. “We admit patients who arrive at our triage. Patients whose symptoms are severe are admitted while those with mild symptoms are advised home isolation,” he said.
At Nehrunagar jumbo hospital, Dr Sunil Pawar said, “We have 30-35 discharges every day and at least 10 deaths. Besides, there are some transfers to other hospitals. We get from YCMH triage as well patients who register with us…So every day, all beds are almost full. Sometimes, 5-10 oxygen beds remain.”
Activist Maruti Bhapkar in a letter to the municipal commissioner said, “Every day, between 2,000 and 3,000 Covid cases are being registered in Pimpri-Chinchwad. Ventilators are not available and even the industrial city is running out of oxygen beds. So, the PCMC needs to take urgent steps to set up new jumbo facilities.” Existing facilities like Akurdi hospital are yet to become operational, Bhapkar added.
On Thursday, PCMC commissioner Rajesh Patil directed officials to complete the five-floor building work of Akurdi hospital at the earliest. He went around the hospital building to check the work completed so far.
When contacted, PCMC health officials said the 100-bed Akurdi hospital is slated for inauguration on May 1. “The PCMC has spent Rs 37 crore on setting up the hospital. All electrical work has been completed. An official announcement will be made by the civic administration soon,” said a health official.
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