Report: Mumbai Hospitals Are Running Out of Ventilators and ICU Beds

Report: Mumbai Hospitals Are Running Out of Ventilators and ICU Beds

A new report highlights the shortage of ventilators faced across Mumbai and nearby areas covered by neighbouring municipal corporations. It is reported that several government jumbo COVID-19 centres are showing a long waiting list to admit patients that need ventilators and ICUs.

Deputy Municipal Commissioner of the Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation, Shambhaji Panpatte said that all 40 ICU beds are occupied as of noon on Sunday. Similarly, all ICU and ventilator beds were full across the 17 COVID-19 hospitals under the Vasai-Virar Municipal Corporation. 

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The BMC dashboard showed yesterday that 17 of 1,444 ventilators and 60 out of 2,861 ICUs were available in Mumbai for coronavirus patients. However, an internal live dashboard on Sunday showed that the city only had 21 ICUs and six ventilators available. 

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal said that the infrastructure is currently under stress despite the upping of ICU beds from 1,500 to 2,800 during the beginning of the second wave. He went on to say that the civic body will open 100 new ICU beds in the city this week. 

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There was also some discrepancy between the data shown on the live dashboard and the actual availability at the private or government hospitals. 

The Bhandup Criticare Hospital has a total of seven ICU beds. BMC’s live dashboard showed that it had one ICU bed vacant. However, this wasn’t the case as per the hospital. “We have no ICU left. I don’t know why it is showing available on dashboard,” an official from the hospital said to The Indian Express.

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