Covid Bed Allotment Through “War Rooms”, Not Hospitals: Mumbai’s Plan

Covid Bed Allotment Through “War Rooms”, Not Hospitals: Mumbai’s Plan


As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Mumbai, the city’s civic body is preparing for a possible shortage of hospital beds, thus adding and reserving more beds for Covid patients. At private hospitals, all ICU beds and 80 per cent of all Covid beds will be reserved for centralised allotment to patients through the civic body’s “Ward War Rooms”.

By this weekend, Mumbai is aiming to make around 7,000 beds available for patients infected by the virus and need to be hospitalised.

Mumbai recorded 5,888 new cases and 12 deaths on Monday as Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state in India.

2,269 beds for Covid patients, including 360 ICUs, will be added to private hospitals in Mumbai immediately, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a circular.

“No bed will be allotted directly to anyone by hospitals. All allotment of hospital beds shall be through 24 Ward War Rooms only and therefore, no one should try to procure positive Covid report directly from testing labs,” BMC commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal told news agency ANI.

The new beds will be in addition to over 3,000 beds that are currently available for COVI9-19 patients in Mumbai. Of these 3,000, 450 beds are in private hospitals.

These beds are expected to fill fast in a few days if the current trend in rising cases continues.

On Monday, the civic authority directed hospitals and nursing homes against allotting Covid beds to asymptomatic patients to ensure “prompt availability of beds to the needy”.

News Source : NDTV

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