Maharashtra Requests Additional Medical Staff From Kerala

Maharashtra Requests Additional Medical Staff From Kerala

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has requested Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan to send more medical staff the state. Kerala has previously provided medical staff to Maharashtra and the state was early to curb the spread of the virus despite being one of the first states to be affected back in late January.

In early June, over 100 doctors and nurses from Kerala joined the medical staff in Maharashtra to combat the virus. Following this, the Maharashtra CM has now placed a fresh request to tackle the continuing menace of COVID-19 in the city.

In a letter written to the Kerala CM, Thackeray writes - “As we increase our medical services and beds for COVID response, I humbly request you to assist us with adding to our medical frontline forces with doctors and nurses from Kerala.” 

Additionally, the Maharashtra CM has requested for anaesthetists, pulmonologists, physicians, intensivists, as well as ICU-trained nurses. The letter also notes that a team of medical staff from Kerala are already working in the state under Dr Santosh Kumar.

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This comes at a time when the Maharashtra CM inaugurated five new COVID-19 treatment facilities in Mulund, Dahisar, Mahalaxmi Racecourse, and Bandra Kurla Complex respectively.

As per data posted by the BMC earlier this week, around 7,208 beds were vacant in the city’s institutions, though this figure also likely includes people under institutional quarantine, including contacts of positive patients. 

However, the vacant beds will certainly come in handy to counter any surge or spike in COVID-19 cases. Given that Mumbai has experienced couple of spikes in cases already, no precaution seems too extreme at this point. The BMC and the State Government have taken over schools and other public institutions to convert them into quarantine or treatment facilities as cases continued to mount in March and April. 

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