Pune: Not Enough COVID Patients, 1800 Beds In Private Hospitals Released

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Mehab Qureshi

Pune, November 3, 2020: With the number of cases lowering down in the city, private hospitals have been given a choice whether to continue admitting Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients or not.

As many as 19 COVID care centres are temporarily closed in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad city, as the number of beds is sufficient for the current COVID scenario, informed Pune Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao on Tuesday.

Considering the number of low cases, 1800 beds will be released from the private hospitals. These beds will be freed from super-speciality hospitals and can be turned to non-COVID beds. “Bigger hospitals like Ruby Hall clinic, Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital, and others will free up to 450 beds, as the government facilities like jumbo centres are sufficient for the current situation”, said Rao.

However, keeping the December spike in mind, Rao said, “At any point in time we will have 8000 beds available. These beds will include ICU, oxygenated, isolation beds.”

Rao further added, “Our government facilities like Sassoon General Hospital, Naidu Hospital, YCM hospital and two jumbo facilities are sufficient to cater to the needs of COVID affected patients. Some patients will go to private hospitals, which will now be their responsibility to cater to the beds. Nevertheless, ICU beds won’t be released.”

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