Private Hospitals in Mumbai Asked to Strictly Follow ‘Mission Save Lives’ Guidelines

Private Hospitals in Mumbai Asked to Strictly Follow ‘Mission Save Lives’ Guidelines

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has announced that it will be dropping by at private hospitals on surprise visits as part of ‘Mission Save Lives’ which was launched to cut down the COVID-19 mortality rate in the region. 

The civic body has mentioned that all private hospitals in Mumbai will have to adhere to the points laid down under Mission Save Lives which includes conversations with patients by senior or junior doctors at least twice a day, as well as a detailed audit of each COVID-19 related death. 

Municipal Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal passed an order that asked private hospitals as well as nursing homes to implement the points laid down under the new guidelines. Additionally, hospitals are being asked to prepare plasma banks to conduct convalescent plasma therapy on critical or moderately ill patients. As per Mission Save Lives, head doctors of civic-run hospitals are required to provide a weekly audit report by 5 PM on Fridays. 

It was reported yesterday that a large majority of the deaths occur as patients leave to use the restrooms between 1 AM to 5 AM. The authorities have now made it compulsory for hospitals to provide bed-pans so as to ease the patient’s difficulties and consequently bring down the COVID-19 mortality rate. The civic body has also stressed on the availability of ward boys round the clock to ensure the patients’ needs are being looked after.

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An official from a private hospital who chose to remain anonymous said that they are already discussing each death and cases with the civic body, adding that they need to know what exactly the BMC expects of them. 

Coronavirus cases in Mumbai are currently spiking in several regions, while the State has already announced a lockdown until July 31 with some restrictions being eased in non-containment zones. 

Night curfews are in place as well to reduce the flow of people on the streets after dark. However, it’s evident by the steep rise in cases that these existing measures haven’t helped a great deal.

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