With active Covid-19 cases rising again, there is once again a scramble for ICU beds across private hospitals in the city. To meet the shortage, the BMC will start around 250 ICU beds at its
The new ICU beds are to be started at jumbo centres in BKC, Mahalaxmi, the NSCI Dome in Worli, the Nesco centre in Goregaon and the Richardson and Cruddas centre in Mulund. According to
The BMC had last month decided to bar private nursing homes from treating Covid-19 patients. Following the decision, parts of the city were facing a shortage of ICU beds in major private hospitals. In some areas like Mulund, Bhandup and Vikhroli, there is a scramble for ICU beds since all private nursing homes and small hospitals have been barred from treating Covid-19 patients. While ICU beds are available at the BMC’s jumbo centres in BKC, Nesco, NSCI and in Dahisar, many patients are reluctant to get admitted there. “There might be a shortage of ICU beds in private hospitals but ICU beds are available in public hospitals. We are adding 250 ICU beds at jumbo centres this week so there will be no shortage,” said Suresh Kakani, Additional Municipal Commissioner.
Despite the BMC’s claims, many areas are reporting an acute shortage of ICU beds. For instance, there were four private hospitals in Mulund which were barred from admitting Covid-19 patients. In areas across Bhandup and Mulund, there are no civic or state-run hospitals to treat Covid-19 patients and ICU beds at the
“We are still getting around 45 cases every day in Mulund, which falls under T ward. The BMC has removed the four private hospitals and nursing homes from the list of Covid hospitals so there is a scramble for ICU beds. People don’t want to go to jumbo centres in BKC or Nesco in Goregaon,” said BJP MLA from Mulund, Mihir Kotecha. “The Richardson and Cruddas centre was supposed to have 215 ICU beds and they were supposed to start in June but so far they haven’t started even a single ICU bed. Patients, especially senior citizens, don’t want to go to a jumbo centre and there are no Covid-19 beds anywhere in Mulund now,” Kotecha said.
BMC data on Saturday showed that of the 1,399
The BMC had barred 72 nursing homes and maternity homes in the city from admitting Covid-19 patients last month. This followed multiple discussions between municipal officials, the state-appointed
However, when this figure was further broken down at a lengthy meeting between