The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to depute officers of the civic body at private hospitals in the city following complaints from several COVID-19 patients and their relatives regarding a lack of hospital beds and apathy at the facilities. The move will include private hospitals which have signed an agreement with the PMC concerning the treatment of COVID positive patients amid case surge in the city.
Rubal Agarwal, Additional Municipal Commissioner of the PMC commenting on the move said that three officers remain stationed at each hospital in shifts. The primary role of the civic officers will be to monitor and coordinate the availability of hospital beds and other medical equipment for the patients on a real-time basis. She further added that the data will be updated constantly on the dashboard referred by the central COVID care centre and the PMC control room.
As reported by The Indian Express, the hospitals included in the new initiative are Ratna Memorial Hospital, Ruby Hospital, Sahyadri Hospital, KEM Hospital among others. In any of these facilities, in case the patient is admitted without prior reference from the PMC control room, the officers on duty will be responsible for updating the data on the admittance, discharge and condition of the patient on the central dashboard.
The PMC had earlier similarly deployed officers to monitor its jumbo COVID facility on the ground. Several civic health officers with a senior post are working round the clock to monitor the overall management of government buildings converted into hospitals amid the pandemic.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country by the outbreak of the pandemic having registered over 1.6 million cases, recording 29,531 deaths. As of September 12, the PMC had recorded 1,17,679 confirmed cases of the pandemic. There are a total of 78 containment zones in the city restricting movement in districts with a high caseload to curb the spread of the virus.
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