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Mumbai sets up 1 lakh beds for coronavirus patients, reserves 60% beds in private hospitals

Health minister Rajesh Tope said that Mumbai has been planning to reserve beds in the private hospitals and set up around 1 lakh beds for the patients of coronavirus. A proposal has been submitted to chief minister Udhav Thackeray to reserve the 60% of beds in the
private hospitals as told by Rajesh Tope. The arrangements are being made in the Bandra Kurka complex being made up at corona care centres, Goregaon, Mulund, Dahisar, Wankhede stadium.

“Admission of the patients at the Bandra Kurkal Complex corona care centres will begin from May 18 and a 1,000-bed intensive care unit is also being set up,” said Tope.

Brihanmumbai municipal corporation has written to the Mumbai cricket association to temporarily hand over the possession of Wankhede Stadium to BMC for use by the emergency staff and to quarantine COVID 19 patients that are asymptomatic. So far Mumbai has over 17,000 cases and 600 lives have been claimed by the virus.

The NSCI dome at Worli has about 600 beds and more of 500 beds are being arranged at Nehru Planetarium. The services in Goregaon will start within one week. The whole program of corona care centre at BKC has been set up in just 20 days, said the public health
department in a statement.

The corona care centre has been categorized as one and two for the isolation and quarantine systems. Ir was being estimated that the number of existing patients might peak during the month of June during the 11 days hence the number of corona cases might increase, however, it was not so to which the officials gave credit to the ongoing lockdown and sai that the lockdown appears to have a good effect.

There are almost 75% beds in hospitals that are not in use and the preference needs to be given to the patients with heart ailments, paralysis, dialysis ongoing, child, and other sensitive conditions. The remaining 60% of beds need to be reserved for coronavirus patients. The decision could be taken on this in the next couple of days said the state.

Special measures are being taken to strengthen the health system in the lockdown as the state has approved to fill 17337 vacancies in the health department and 11,000 in the medical education department and a few vacancies in the municipal corporation as well.

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