Although there has been a significant decline in COVID-19 cases in the industrial city, the Pimpri-Chinchwad city council has not let go of its vigilance and is increasing its bed capacity, including for children. Over the next seven days, the PCMC administration plans to set up two new city hospitals, one in Akurdi and one in Thergaon, to further increase the oxygen and ventilation bed capacity by 354 beds.
“Both hospitals are ready. Medical and non-medical personnel have also been appointed. In a few days or maybe a week we will both open Covid-19 hospitals, ”said Dr. Laxman Gofane, assistant medical director of the PCMC, told The Indian Express on Monday.
Dr. Gofane said Akurdi Hospital will have 130 beds of oxygen and 12 ventilators, while Thergaon Hospital will have 200 beds and 12 ventilators. “We have hired nearly 200 medical and non-medical staff for both hospitals,” he said.
With these two new hospitals, PCMC will have seven hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients. There are already Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial Hospital, Jumbo Covid Hospital, Auto Cluster Hospital, New Bhosari Hospital and New Jijamata Hospital.
In these hospitals, PCMC has a total of 1,232 oxygen beds and 149 intensive care beds with ventilators and 150 intensive care beds without ventilators. The two new hospitals will help increase bed capacity by 354 with 330 new oxygen beds and 24 ventilation beds.
Mayor Usha Dhore said, “PCMC is making every effort to face the third wave as is predicted. We are starting two new hospitals that will further improve our bed capacity. Unlike last month, when patients struggled to get beds, this month the number of cases has also decreased and there are plenty of free beds available. We are also setting up children’s wards in our hospital and a total of 300 beds for children. These efforts will help us effectively address the third wave when it comes. “
As PCMC is diverting funds to set up facilities for Covid-19 patients, the citizen administration has decided to slow down projects with large tickets. In a directive, community commissioner Rajesh Patil said: “Our spending on Covid-19 patients and measures to deal with the situation have increased. In addition, we are not generating the expected income. In view of this, all departments are asked not to carry out any work related to investments. The departments are instructed to spend 50 percent of the budget allocated. “
The mayor said Covid spending on hospitals, ambulances, disaster management and firefighters will be a priority. “The citizens’ departments should not have approved funds for projects other than those related to medicine and health,” says the directive.
During a meeting on Monday, the Pimpri Chinchwad President of BJP and MLA Mahesh Landge said, “Covid cases are currently being worked on. However, with lessons learned from the first and second waves, the PCMC and corporations should work on a micro-plan to address the third wave … The administration is ready for this purpose. “
Landge advised the city council to work on community-level plans to tackle the third wave. “We should increase our provision for more work related to Covid,” he said.
The PCMC chief said that the administration is making prior arrangements: “We are running a medical personnel recruitment process. Unskilled workers are also employed and trained. A Covid Care Center for children will also be set up in Gharkul. 150 oxygen beds and 30 intensive care beds are reserved in the YCM Hospital. We also make bed arrangements for children at Pimpri’s Jijamata Hospital. “
During the meeting, the mayor directed the administration to take control of private children’s hospitals in Pimpri-Chinchwad. “With the third wave likely to affect children, management should take over private hospitals that only treat children,” said Dhore