BMC undertakes a slew of steps to ensure efficient COVID treatment & vaccination in Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation will release asymptomatic patients from city hospitals to create vacancy for the needy.

In view of the rapid rise of the COVID-19 infection in Mumbai, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has buckled up to create better systems to manage the process of treatment and vaccination here. As a result, the civic body has taken a slew of steps to ensure efficiency and methods to identify, contain and tackle the second-wave resurgence of the coronavirus infection. Be it the admission of a COVID-positive person in city hospitals or ensuring the vacancy of beds for the same, the BMC will play a pivotal role to supervise the administration of the pandemic in Mumbai.

BMC activates war rooms at ward level to manage COVID facilities

An order released by the Municipal Commissioner of the BMC ordained to re-activate COVID war rooms in all 24 civic wards in Mumbai. These will facilitate better management of available beds, ICU beds, ventilators among others in the metropolis. Besides this, no bed will be directly allotted by the hospitals to anyone.

Instead, allotment of hospital beds and services will be conducted through the special war rooms only. The order directs the general public to refrain from personally procuring a hospital bed from testing facilities and other agents. The BMC has reserved about 80% of the total beds, including all ICU beds across the COVID-19 facilities in Mumbai for allotment through the ward war rooms only.

Creating hospital vacancy for the needy

Additionally, the Municipal Commissioner has promised to boost bed-vacancy by 2,269 new beds in private hospitals to build up Mumbai's medical infrastructure, over the available 3,000 beds now. Beyond this, BMC is also targeting to discharge asymptomatic patients from city hospitals to open up beds for the needy - people with mild or serious symptoms of COVID-19 or comorbid asymptomatic patients. The order details that no asymptomatic patient - without comorbidities - will be allowed to occupy beds in any public or private institution here.

Hospitals have been further asked to ensure that all bills be processed as per the rates notified by the Maharashtra Government, which will be audited by municipal auditors.

COVID treatment and vaccination drive in Mumbai

In view of the rising number of cases, BMC has decided to place an order to get 1.5 lakh injections of Rebmdesivir which is a broad-spectrum anti-viral along with other medication and medical equipment. This step has been initiated to prevent any shortage of medicines given the added active caseload of 46,248 patients here. Besides, the state government has recently decided to purchase additional oxygen cylinders and ventilators for various Covid treatment centres.

Though the centre has rejected BMC's proposal to conduct door to door vaccination of debilitated senior citizens, the visually impaired and those with physical comorbidities, the Union has put forth its decision to expand and detail its immunity drive to micro-level vaccination. This implies that the COVID-19 vaccination booths will be established in near future to ensure that people do not have to travel any more than 2 kilometres to take the vaccine.

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