700 doctors join BMC’s corona war, 3,000 more eager to participate | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: Responding to the BMC’s call to help manage its Covid centres, more than 700 medical practitioners, including Ayurvedic doctors, have come forward to join the civic body on a contractual basis since April.
The BMC has a list of over 3,000 doctors who have shown willingness to join Covid duty, said a high-ranking civic official on Saturday.
Many more doctors will come in from other states over the next few days to help at the newly created dedicated and other Covid healthcare centres.
Dr T P Lahane of the state department of medical education said 25 doctors from Kerala would join duty on Monday and 50 more would come within a fortnight.
Human resources has emerged as one of the biggest hurdles in providing prompt healthcare to Covid patients. In the BMC’s key hospitals, around 4,000 doctors, including interns, residents and medical college faculty, are working round the clock, but there is little or no manpower to handle the newly built Covid facilities.
The BMC has adequate doctors and nurses for its existing hospitals but the newer ones set up for Covid are posing to be a problem. Civic officials said they are managing the hospitals and quarantine facilities with the existing health staff, but need more doctors for new ones.
“We are in the process of adding 6,000 to 10,000 more quarantine beds in the next few days,” said an official.
A case in point is that of the 1,000-bedded quarantine centre at Bandra-Kurla Complex. “Although it is functional, we have very few doctors to look after the facility,” said an official.
“In terms of beds, the BKC facility is like a 15-floor hospital, but it cannot work to capacity as there are no doctors or healthcare support staff,” the official added.
Officials said they are approaching doctors attached to various sources, including NGOs. “We have a list of around 3,100 doctors who may come forward to help us in the next few days,” said a senior official.
Meanwhile, officials said all the 24 ward offices have “taken over” one or two hospitals in their jurisdiction under the BMC’s control, which has resulted in each ward getting additional 100 Covid beds and 20 ICU beds.
“Through this arrangement, we have managed to add 2,400 more Covid and 480 ICU beds,” said the official.



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