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Coronavirus Updates: Centre directs state government to set up healthcare centres for COVID-19 at public hospitals

Coronavirus Updates: Centre directs state government to set up healthcare centres for COVID-19 at public hospitals

On Monday, the number of positive cases in Maharashtra jumped to 89 after 15 new cases were reported overnight. Out of the new 15 COVID-19 cases, 14 were reported from Mumbai whereas one individual was tested positive from Pune. As the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 is increasing in the state, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray decided to impose Section 144 in Maharashtra on March 22, 2020.

Along with this, in order to increase the efficiency of the hospitals in tackling the COVID-19 cases, the Central Government has directed the state government to set up healthcare centres at public hospitals. 

Complying with the same, several hospitals in Mumbai have already started setting up the centres. Mumbai hospitals such as JJ Hospital, St. George's Hospital and Cama Hospital have partially shut down their OPD. The hospitals have asked the patients to go to private hospitals for such cases and have also put up signs asking them to contact them via phone.

Cama Hospital, which is considered to be the last resort for the ailing children and mothers will only admit their case if necessary. The wards used for leprosy patients and the gynaecological wards are said to be used as isolation wards.

Meanwhile, in order to amplify the resources to fight against the coronavirus pandemic, the state government has directed private hospitals to ready isolation wards on a priority basis. Accordingly, various private hospitals have taken necessary measures to establish isolation wards. The move is expected to ease up the pressure felt by the government hospitals.

Here is the total number of isolation wards in private hospitals:

  • HN Reliance Hospital: 2
  • Jaslok Hospital: 2
  • Nanavati Hospital: 4
  • Bombay Hospital: 4
  • Kokilaben Hospital: 17
  • Fortis, Mulund: 2
  • Raheja Hospital: 22
  • Hinduja Hospital: 16

Alongside, the one-rupee clinic is helping people get tested for the coronavirus infections at suburban stations of Mumbai. Currently, the facility will be available at 19 railway stations in the city. 

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