CM Uddhav Thackeray discusses key medical issues with CEOs of private hospitals

CM Uddhav Thackeray discusses key medical issues with CEOs of private hospitals

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray held a video conference with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of prominent private hospitals in the state including Saifee, Fortis, Wockhardt, Hinduja, Hiranadani, Kokilaben, and Seven Hills. 

“It is a challenge before the state and the medical fraternity to cure patients and reduce the mortality rate. In any case, patient management should be best in the state,” Thackeray said while addressing the CEOs.

Maharashtra currently has a mortality rate of 6.6% which makes it one of the worst-affected states in the country. Bringing down the mortality rate will be crucial in fighting this virus. Meanwhile, precautionary measures like testing of asymptomatic patients or contacts are currently being conducted. 

It was reported earlier today that a milkman from the Marol pipeline slums was tested positive for the coronavirus. Knowing the number of people that a milkman could come in contact with, this has raised some concerns among the authorities.

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A vegetable vendor recently tested positive for the virus in Mumbai. Having sold vegetables for the most part of the lockdown, tracing all of the affected person’s contact has proven to be a strenuous task. Last week, the BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) recently banned the selling of fruits and vegetables inside designated containment zones located within Mumbai.

On the other hand, hospitals are currently crowded with patients and it’s clearly taking a toll on the healthcare workers. As of now, Mumbai only has three dedicated COVID-19 hospitals including Saifee, Nanavati, and Wockhardt. 

The video conference also discussed matters pertaining to proper medical healthcare for affected patients, adequate supply of ICU beds as well as medical equipment. Mumbai is considered a hotspot as it’s a contributor to roughly 66% of the cases in Maharashtra. There have been 187 deaths due to COVID-19 while 2,916 people are currently infected.

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