A new 2,170-bed Covid facility was inaugurated in Malad yesterday; 3 more to come up in Mumbai soon.
Maharashtra CM informed on Monday about the government's plan to boost its vaccination programme, with an aim to vaccinate up to 1.50 million doses every day. At this rate, the state estimates to achieve 1 crore vaccination coverage per week, including both first and second jabs. Recently Maharashtra became the first state in the country to cross the 3-crore jabs milestone.
21% of the state's population has been vaccinated
Announcing the state's ambition of boosting the overall vaccination drive, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra announced, "We are making preparations to administer 15 lakh vaccine doses per day." As of Monday, Maharashtra's overall vaccination coverage stands at 3,17,82,327 jabs, including both doses. With this, the state has managed to immunise about 21% of the 12 crore population - with at least a single dose.
COVID-19 Jumbo facilities in Mumbai
Besides vaccination, Maharashtra is also augmenting its medical infrastructure to ensure adequate treatment facilities for all ahead of the fears of the expectant 'third wave'. The CM on Monday inaugurated a state of the art Jumbo COVID facility in Mumbai's Malad region.
This centre is equipped with 2,170 beds with 1,536 oxygen beds and 190 ICU beds. For children, 200 oxygen-pediatric beds and 50 ICU-pediatric beds have been further arranged. Additionally, the administration is planning to set up such jumbo facilities in Kanjurmarg, Sion and Worli while ramping up resources at the existing jumbo centres at NSCI Worli, NESCO Goregaon and Richardson & Cruddas Byculla to ensure that there are no shortages, the CM said.
The aforementioned facilities will be made available in the second phase of creating jumbo COVID centres in Mumbai. An aggregate of 8,320 beds - more than those provided in the first phase will come up. This includes 9,193 oxygen bds, 1,572 ICU beds, 1,200 oxygen beds for children and 150 pediatric ICU beds for infants. The total number of state beds now tallies at 19,928 in the MMR, including the existing beds in major government hospitals.
The Chief Minister cautioned that though the hospitals are becoming vacant now, the fear of the second wave has not mitigated as of yet. He also took this opportunity to urge all the people to follow all norms and protocols related to COVID prevention to break the chain of infection and diffuse the pandemic threat.