Mumbai's Andheri & Jogeshwari suburbs to have 2 dedicate COVID centres by May first week

Reportedly, about 200 more ICU beds will be arranged in Mumbai within 2 days, to meet the critical bed shortage.

The Brinamumbai Municipal Commissioner has approved to set up two dedicated COVID care centres in Mumbai's K (West) ward. The two facilities have been specially requested to shoulder the alarming surge of cases in Andheri and Jogeshwari; the worst-hit sunburns across the metropolis. These will raise the nursing capacity by 260 beds, housing 130 oxygen beds, collectively.


Need for special COVID facilities in Mumbai

Among the 24 municipal wards in Mumbai, K West has recorded the highest number of cases, whereas Andheri and Jogeshwari have been reporting around 600 cases daily. As per reports, these areas also have the highest number of active cases and containment zones across Mumbai, pressing the need for dedicated COVID facilities, urgently. As yet, there are over 30 dedicated COVID facilities in the ward.

On an appeal of an MLA from Andheri West, the BMC has identified 2 locations- a community centre in Andheri (W) and a market building in Jogeshwari (W) to set up additional COVID care centres. The locations will cover cases from Andheri, Jogeshwari and Vile Parle by the first week of May, read reports.

The community centre located at the Lokhandwala back road in Andheri, will be converted into a 150-bed facility and Jogeshwari's market building at the Captain Sawant Road will accommodate 110 beds. These will have 75 and 55 oxygen support beds, respectively. The Assistant Municipal Commissioner informed that the work has already started and the civic body plans to rope in companies following the corporate social responsibility concert to run the centres.

200 more ICU beds in Mumbai

The AMC also informed that there is a shortage of high dependency beds such as ICU, ventilator and oxygen across the metropolis. With an active surge each day and low recovery, the status of availability of beds in the hospitals is nil, highlighting the need to create more such facilities.

According to the BMC officials, there are only 15 ventilators and 51 ICU beds despite official records stating that there are about 824 vacant beds. To bridge this gap, about 200 more ICU beds will be provided in the next two days to boost the treatment infrastructure.

On Thursday, the daily COVID count logged in 7,365 cases in Mumbai. The total active caseload stands at 82,616 patients while the aggregate tally stands at 6,09,080 cases. As of April 22, about 5,12,558 recoveries have been pegged here with 12,583 toll.

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