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Stable patients to be discharged with immediate effect: BMC

The BMC will discharge all stable patients to ensure that the space is available during urgent demand for those infected with the coronavirus. As of March 23, the positive cases of COVID-19 in the city has increased to 38.

Stable patients to be discharged with immediate effect: BMC
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The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to discharge ‘stable’ patients admitted in the civic body run hospitals. This directive comes amid the increasing cases of the coronavirus or COVID-19 in Mumbai. 

The BMC will discharge all stable patients to ensure that the space is available during urgent demand for those infected with the coronavirus. As of March 23, the positive cases of COVID-19 in the city has increased to 38.

On Monday, Maharashtra Public Health Minister informed that the state count of those infected with the coronavirus has soared up to 89. Of the 89 positive COVID-19 cases, 14 new cases are from Mumbai while one is from Pune. 

The directive to discharge stable patients from a municipal hospital has been given to prevent the spread of coronavirus in hospitals. BMC Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi is the ‘empowered authority’ under the Epidemic Disease Act of 1897 which has been invoked by the central government in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Pardeshi issued a directive to preserve medical supplies, equipment, bed capacity and manpower for future contingencies related to pandemic diseases. 

“All stable patients admitted in the speciality units who don’t require tertiary care should be discharged with immediate effect,” the directive issued by the BMC Commissioner read while stating that the patients in need for tertiary care who can’t be discharged would continue in a special facility. 

According to the media reports, the BMC has also decided to shift all stable patients to hospitals near their respective residences. This is in case a patient requires hospitalisation. 

The BMC also instructed hospitals to postpone routine or elective surgeries by two to three weeks amid the coronavirus crisis. 

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