Pimpri, September 16, 2020: The Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) has decided to privatize 18 COVID Care Centers in the city, due to the increasing number of Coronavirus disease (COVID19) patients. The centres will be handed over to private hospitals as well as private institutions to run for three months at a cost of about Rs 20 crore.
The number of corona patients in Pimpri-Chinchwad city is increasing rapidly day by day. An average of one thousand to twelve hundred new patients is being detected every day. This has put a lot of stress on the health system of the municipality.
According to PCMC, the total number of Coronavirus positive patients has reached 65,379 out of which 54,779 have recovered while 1065 have died. 6407 active patients are still undergoing treatment. There are 1195 non-PCMC residents currently admitted in PCMC hospitals, while 304 have died and 3269 have been cured.
Therefore, PCMC Commissioner Shravan Hardikar has decided to allow the COVID care centres started by the municipality to run by private agencies.
As mentioned in the proposal, Balewadi Sports Complex (Balewadi), four buildings of Mhada Colony (Mhalunge), Dr D. Y. Patil Girls Hostel (Ravet), Backward Class Boys Hostel and Social Justice Department Hostel (Moshi), Six Buildings in Gharkul Project (Chikhali), Balaji Law College (Tathawade), PCCOP College Hostel (Akurdi) etc. will be run on a private basis for a period of three months.
Private hospitals, the number of beds they have and the amount of expenses paid to them by the municipality are as follows. BVG Group (500 beds, 2 crore 32 lakhs), Trust Health Care (400 beds, 2 crore 23 lakhs), M/s Icon Hospital (800 beds, 3.9 crore), M/s Divine Hospital (400 beds, 1.95 crore), Dr Bhise Hospital (800 beds, 3 crore 67 lakhs), Ruby Alcare (600 beds, 2 crore 70 lakhs), Ayushri Hospital (100 beds, 1 crore 34 lakhs), ST Pvt. Ltd. (100 beds, Rs 1 crore 34 lakhs).