Patients from neighbouring districts increase stress on availability of hospital beds in Pune

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More than 30% of patients from neighbouring districts of Pune have been admitted in the city. The divisional commissioner, Saurabh Rao has asked the collectors of Sangli, Satara, Solapur, and Kolhapur districts to increase beds in the COVID facilities for patients visiting from outside the city. The officials from the region claimes that it would take them a month to increase the number of beds in the facilities. An official letter has been issued to the Sassoon General Hospital and Army Hospitals in the city.

“For weeks many patients have been pouring in the city for better treatment and facilities. Many of the patients turned critical as well in their illness. We are working on a centralized bed management system for these districts where the number of beds will be ramped up. Around 700 beds will be increased in Kolhapur, 500 in Solapur and a similar number in Satara district. All these should be ready by the end of the month,” said Rao. He also claimed that the issue of beds will be resolved as soon as the Jumbo units will be fully operational.

Collectors of the districts have been informed to keep an 80:20 ratio bed rule for COVID treatment centres. An oxygen plant is also being set up in Chakan. This plant will supply medical oxygen to Pune facilities set up for COVID. The plant is expected to begin operations in October. It is anticipated to help ease the shortage in Pune. As of now, 19866 beds have been allocated for corona patients. In the present scenario, 6721 beds are vacant.