BMC to use technology to cut waiting time for COVID-19 patients

The BMC is touted to use the platform of technology for app cabs in order to track the movement of the government ambulances.

BMC to use technology to cut waiting time for COVID-19 patients
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The Brihanmumbai municipal corporation has come up with a new way of saving time in treating coronavirus patients. In an effort to reduce the waiting time of patients for ambulances, the BMC has decided to make use of the technology.

The BMC is touted to use the platform of technology for app cabs in order to track the movement of government ambulances real-time and despatch them quickly where they are needed. Civic officials stated that the operators of app-based cabs would provide the BMC with a copy of their existing technology platforms after making suitable modifications in tune with its needs. The software will then be used to monitor the location of the ambulances and allow the people nearest to tend to the patients. This would speed up the process of transporting the patients to the hospital and back home.

Similarly, in other news, the Bombay High Court, on Friday, asked the Maharashtra government and the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation to consider starting a helpline for pregnant women after the lockdown ends. The directive was given by a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice S S Shinde after a PIL was filed by advocate Mohiuddin Vaid, who as per report stated that a pregnant woman was denied admission to JJ hospital on April 27 since she did not have a COVID-19 negative report.

However, the state in its defence argued that pregnant women were given admission in hospitals throughout the lockdown post the incident on April 27 and that it was only a one-time administrative error. Anil Sakhare, who represented BMC said the helpline number (1916) was available for all patients, including pregnant women.

Maharashtra again breached its earlier single-highest one-day COVID-19 tally after 2,940 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, May 22. Currently, there are 44,582 cases of coronavirus in the state with 27,251 cases in Mumbai only.

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