The fire broke out in a generator set at Apex Hospital on October 12 evening, the day Mumbai faced a massive power outage. Two patients had died within hours of being transferred from the Apex Hospital.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, however, stock at blood banks have depleted and, unlike in the past, these banks, which are mandated to provide free blood to patients, are now asking thalassaemia patients to get their own donors in an attempt to replenish their stock.
Sources in the public health department said the proposal was “promptly signed” on October 7 and put up before Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. But with mask manufacturers strongly opposing price capping, the approval has been delayed, said officials.
At least 11 patients were admitted in Fortis hospital. Apart from Madhumati Gawde, Virendra Singh, who succumbed on Tuesday morning, was billed Rs 1.60 lakh for 12 hours of treatment. His family refused to make the payment and asked Apex hospital to pay.
The BMC has formed a committee to inquire into the incident and to inspect whether transfer procedure had any lapses that may have led to two deaths. The four-member committee has to submit its report in a week.
In its report, the panel has advised the state government to cap rates of N-95 masks between Rs 19 and Rs 45, depending on the categories, to bring down their rates to one-tenth the current market price
The overall Covid-19 sero-prevalence found in the second survey conducted jointly by the BMC, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research and Niti Aayog is 33.4 per cent, a fall from 40 per cent in the first survey.
In a letter written in Marathi, the commission observed that charges against Chakraborty have not been proven but the “media has already declared her an accused” and “outraged modesty of a woman by using abusive language against her”.
FDA officials said they have sped up the process of issuing license to increase the number of re-fillers across the state. Re-fillers, who provided oxygen to the industrial sector, have also been given permission to supply to hospitals.
Amid the Covid-19 scare, some adoption centres in the state have prohibited couples from touching babies, some allow them to hold the child after disinfection of their hands, while others permit meetings only after a couple confirms to adopt a child.
The notification was announced by state Health Minister Rajesh Tope to clamp down on the possible coronavirus spread through spitting. However, a lack of personnel has made it difficult for health officials to regulate and fine offenders in both urban and rural districts.
Jyoti, the ASHA worker, said when their savings ran out, she started selling her jewellery. "We reached out to Kaneri primary health centre, then to my supervisor and block facilitator for help. But we did not get admission to any government hospital," she said
Civic officials said as hospitals attempt to restart non-Covid routine procedures, they will need more doctors on call to handle the increased load. Currently BMC-run hospitals are catering to monsoon related ailment patients, Covid patients and routine OPD cases.