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COVID occupancy in BMC hospitals low in Mumbai; 96% of admissions are unvaccinated

Most patients on additional life support in Mumbai are unvaccinated people, aged over 50 years

The rate of hospitalisation in Mumbai looms at a controlled pace even in the backdrop of the rapidly rising fresh caseload every day. As per reports, private hospitals in the city are witnessing more admissions, with 60% beds occupied, than BMC-run centres. Here too, a significant share of beds are occupied by either unvaccinated patients or those nursing comorbidities. Doctors have further pointed out that most patients on additional life support were unvaccinated people, aged over 50 years of age.

Vaccination is essential for fight against COVID rise

There are a total of 142 private COVID-19 hospitals in Mumbai, having a total capacity of around 7,500. Around 4,500 of these have been occupied as of January 7, a report read. It must be noted here that all these patients need critical care as private hospitals in the city are not accepting asymptomatic patients. The BMC has released a fresh set of home isolation guidelines for them, to ensure speedy recovery with minimal use of medical resources.

Meanwhile, civic-run centres are seeing increased hospitalisation only of unvaccinated or immuno-compromised individuals. According to officials of the total 1,900 patients occupying oxygen beds, only 4% are vaccinated.

Others, who account for the major 96%, have not received the COVID jab are mostly falling in the 40 to 50 year age category. While hospital beds are occupied by both inoculated patients and otherwise, the need for additional life support in the unvaccinated lot highlights the importance of the COVID jab.

While the overall rate of hospitalisation is still within control and the use of oxygen consumption is low, BMC officials have assured that current resources can also tackle any surge in requirement. BMC Municipal Commissioner said that about 80% of beds in Mumbai are unoccupied and the medical infrastructure will be reviewed if the hospitalisation reached 50% in the coming days.

Mumbai is prepared to tackle third wave case rise

The COVID Task Force Experts have hinted at the possibility of 40,000 cases a day. This is the upper-end value of the estimated and is may not occur. However, it has also been pointed that a case rise or positivity rate in the third wave may not be a parameter to judge the rate of hospitalisation. This is because the nature of virulence of Omicron is muted now, where the affected patients may not need oxygen support.

Mumbai's medical oxygen capacity has been upgraded to produce 200 tonnes of oxygen, where the real-time consumption stands at 10 tonnes. Additional reserves show the availability of 400 tonnes of medicated oxygen for treatment purposes. BMC and private hospitals together can set up around 45,000 oxygen beds in the city. Even if the cases rise to one lakh, Mumbai is prepared.

Nonetheless, the civic body will ensure the availability of all other resources, accordingly. The public is encouraged to cooperate with the administration and adhere to ordained norms and COVID appropriate protocols strictly.

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