Mumbai port converts its 100 bed hospital into a 120 bed COVID-19 and 25-bed NON-COVID-19 hospital

In the wake of coronavirus, Mumbai port converts its 100 bed hospital into a 120 bed COVID-19 and 25-bed NON-COVID-19 hospital

Mumbai port converts its 100 bed hospital into a 120 bed COVID-19 and 25-bed NON-COVID-19 hospital
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As the country deals with a global pandemic, Mumbai Port has transformed its hundred-bed hospital into a 120 bed COVID-19 and 25-bed NON-COVID-19 hospital for its nearly one lakh employees, pensioners and their families. Since the beginning of the lockdown, the hospital has treated 333 cases of coronavirus. So far, there have been 37 deaths.

The number of patients in the city of Mumbai is increasing day by day. As a consequence, there happens to be a need to increase the number of beds and intensive care units with oxygen facilities. The civic body in the past has discussed various ways to meet the increasing need for quarantine centres and has arranged for quarantine facilities in private hospitals and hotels too.

As the situation worsens, the deputy health executive officer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), Dr Daksha Shah, said on Friday that 40 more beds have been arranged, 10 each at the Bandra and Kurla Bhabha Hospitals, and 20 at the Rajawadi Hospital, for the isolation of suspected coronavirus patients.

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation had earlier directed the civic officials to acquire at least 100 beds, including 10 in ICUs, of private nursing homes and small hospitals in all 24 wards of Mumbai in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city. As per the BMC, this will facilitate the availability of at least 2,400 more beds for patients in the city.

BMC Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal directed the ward and health officers to complete the process of acquiring beds in private nursing homes and hospitals as well. He added that ward officers should file police complaints against private nursing homes, polyclinics and hospitals which have not reopened. Chahal also directed ward officers to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) kits to private nursing homes and hospitals, according to the release by BMC.

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