Mumbai, May 26:
In view of the ever increasing number of COVID-19 patients, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has set up a 1000 bedded (200 ICU beds) field hospitals at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) in North West Mumbai within 15 days.
Besides this, 600 bedded (125 ICU beds) Covid Care Centre will be operational at Mahalaxmi in South Mumbai soon. The patients with mild symptoms will be isolated in this centre. Also, a 535 bedded field hospital is almost ready at NSE in Goregaon in North Mumbai. These hospitals will have isolation, quarantine and other facilities. The capacity of these centres at NSCI, Worli, Mahalaxmi Race Course, BKC and NSE, will be cumulatively 2475 beds by 31 May,2020.
In addition, a field hospital with a capacity of 7000 beds will be set up in Mulund in North East Mumbai, to deal with a large number of patients, within next two weeks. In addition a centre to accommodate large number of home quarantine patients is being set up at Dahisar in North Mumbai. In these hospitals, each ward will have 100 beds (20 ICU) fitted with CCTV camera. The beds will be given an unique code and the data will be fed in real time dash board so that there will be computerized control over the beds.
The capacity of beds in Mumbai is expected to be at least 14,000 beds, in coming days, taking into consideration the 80 per cent beds taken over by the state government to treat coronavirus patients.
To augment the strength of doctors, the Maharashtra Government has also called for a team of 50 doctors and 100 nurses from Kerala. Besides this team from Kerala, the doctors from other parts of Maharashtra have also been called in to Mumbai. They include: 45 doctors from Wardha and 50 doctors each from Latur and Ambejogai. Besides, 50 ayurvedic doctors and 250 private practitioner have also agreed to work with state’s team.
Elsewhere in Maharashtra, 91 hospitals and 439 other places including schools/hotels are equipped with 57,136 beds. This capacity will be augmented up to one lakh by 31 May,2020, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.
In Maharashtra, 70 laboratories, including 40 labs government labs, are functional. Government labs have capacity to test 8500 samples, while private labs can test 10,125 samples per day. Over 348932 samples have been tested so far in these laboratories, even as Maharashtra accounts for 30 per cent COVID-19 positive cases, in the country.
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