With 9,913 new detentions on Wednesday, Mumbai's active tally ticked up to 86,635.
In an attempt to increase the avenues for treating COVID patients, hospitals in Mumbai have roped in deluxe hotels as extensive facilities for housing individuals with mild symptoms. With the increasing count of COVID patients, the city authorities are trying to expand the available medical infrastructure. As per reports, 2 hotels in the city will start related services in collaboration with private hospitals.
Nurses, medicines & ambulance transfer mandated at the hotels
These extension facilities of the hospitals will be used for keeping patients who are not experiencing serious or critical effects. Reportedly, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation stated that these hotels shall act like "step down facilities" for individuals who do not require continuous medical care. As per reports, such hotels will be required to have 20 rooms for COVID cases and the facility of 24-hour medical care comprising of doctor consultations, nurses, medicines and ambulance transfer.
Reportedly, the tariff has been fixed at ₹4,000 while ₹6,000 will be charged if the patient is accompanied by another individual. Additionally, asymptomatic patients can also avail themselves of these facilities. This intervention comes with an objective to increase the number of beds for severe and critical patients who urgently need them. Amidst the hotels that are a part of this initiative, Jaslok Hospital will also be transformed into such a facility. All patients requiring advanced care shall be moved to the neighbouring hospitals as soon as possible.
Civic authority executes multiple initiatives to amp up COVID facilities
While patients with milder infections from Bombay Hospital will be transferred to the Intercontinental Hotel, such individuals from HN Reliance Foundation will be provided accommodation in Trident Hotel, reportedly.
Amplifying the number of facilities, 1,500 new beds will be introduced in the NESCO Jumbo facility within a week besides the addition of thirty more ICU beds in Seven Hills Hospital. Reportedly, 250 beds will be soon available on the BMC's virtual platform in a bid to meet the emergency requirements.
Uncontrolled hikes in COVID cases trouble Mumbai's medical infrastructure
With 9,913 new detections on Wednesday, Mumbai's active tally ticked up to 86,635. Over the past week, the count of daily infections has oscillated around a high 10,000. Registering a grim count of 54 fatalities, Mumbai remains to be one of the most affected spots in the state. Given these numbers, we cannot even gauge the crisis that must have enveloped the city's medical infrastructure.