The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to set up 3 jumbo COVID centres across Mumbai, to ensure enough vacancy of hospitals beds and treatment facilities in light of the active COVID surge. These centres will be established at Kanjurmarg, Malad and Sion to accommodate up to 5,300 beds, collectively. As per civic officials, these facilities will be ready by next month at Kanjurmarg, followed by the other two locations.
Additional beds in Mumbai to tackle high caseload
The BMC officials have informed that about 70% of all beds in these jumbo care centre will be equipped with oxygen facility. The remaining will be the ICU and ventilator beds. This will help to nurse critical COVID patients in the city and shoulder the pressure mounting on hospitals, care centres and other treatment facilities. At present, Mumbai houses six jumbo centres in Dahisar, Kandarpada, Gurgaon, Bandra-Kurla Complex, Worli and Mulund.
The BMC dashboard states that there is 82% bed occupancy in Mumbai. In other words, about 17,005 of the total 20, 608 beds are currently nursing active patients. At the same time, 98,4% of the total 2,765 ICU beds and 93.5% of 10,227 oxygen beds are also occupied here, as per reports. As of Sunday, only 1.28% of ventilator beds were vacant in Mumbai.
However, in addition to these jumbo centres and beds, there are around 65,000 beds for quarantining mild and moderate cases, which eases fears of a shortage. Meanwhile, medical experts and doctors in Mumbai have stated that it will always be better to prepare with more ICU beds and ventilators, if the city is not able to cope with the pressure of second wave infections. Though the cases in Mumbai have stabilised, there should be preparations to deal with a third wave also. People also need to be extra cautious for the benefit of all.
Pawan Dham converts into COVID care centre
While there are enough beds in Mumbai, it is facing an acute shortage of hospital beds with oxygen supply and to tackle this, Pawan Dham in Kandivali has been converted into a COVID care centre. This 5-floored Jain Temple in the suburbs, now holds about 100 beds with a steady oxygen supply. An associate here, informed that all technical fittings, such as x-ray machines and other medical emergency equipment, are in place. The centre will open for patients in a day or two.
Doctors from premier institutes will be looking after the patients. Each bed will cost about ₹3,000 per day and would include, oxygen supply, medical treatment, medicines, doctor's fee, food and so on.