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BMC plans a new strategy to manage coronavirus cases in Mumbai

To implement the same in a strict manner, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has issued new instructions to curb the spread of coronavirus in Mumbai, whereby two nodal officers have been assigned for each ward, to manage the crisis effectively.

BMC plans a new strategy to manage coronavirus cases in Mumbai
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Coronavirus cases are on the rise across Maharashtra and the state government has taken steps to contain the spread of the virus. Local administrations have been asked to draft plans for the same as several cities like Mumbai, Pune and others are among the worst affected in India. Keeping the same in mind, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started the preparations  to increase the number of beds across hospitals and COVID-19 centers in Mumbai. 

Officials have been directed to appoint nodal officers and take over rooms in five-star hotels. Furthermore, BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal has issued new instructions to curb the spread of coronavirus, whereby two nodal officers have been assigned for each ward.

The growing number of patients has once again led to increase in the rush across hospitals where many patients and their relatives are demanding beds for the treatment. To ease their worries, strict procedures will be followed to find out patients who are obstructing the beds. Two nodal officers in each ward and other respective officers will work in rotational shifts, one from 3 pm to 11 pm and the other from 11 pm to 7 am. The focus will be to make sure patients do not have to wait for beds.

Furthermore, these officers will also coordinate at both COVID-19 hospitals and centres. A total 325 additional ICU beds have been added by the BMC across various hospitals in Mumbai. As a result, the number of ICU beds has gone up to 2,466, while 19,151 beds have been allocated so far. It is said that there are 3,777 beds available in 141 hospitals, and in the next seven days, the team aims to add 1,100 beds with 125 ICUs at COVID-19 centers.

The BMC, in the next one and a half months, will be set up at three more jumbo Covid-19 centres in Mumbai with an availability of 2,000 beds. Of these, 70 per cent will be oxygen beds and 200 will be in the ICU. 

On the other hand, private laboratories across the city have been advised to conduct tests within 24 hours and produce the report accordingly to ensure the patients are treated immediately. With this, it will also be possible to categorize where to send patients for further treatment, if necessary. Moreover, patients who need treatment will be accommodated at a five-star hotel if needed, and these will have trained doctors and other facilities just as the COVID Center. Patients who can afford to stay at the hotels can choose the same.

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