Free treatment scheme now covers all in Maharashtra, says minister | Mumbai News


MUMBAI: The public health department on Saturday issued a notification on a decision that was taken previously, under which Covid treatment will be made free in the 1,000 hospitals empanelled under the Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Jan Aarogya Yojana. However, five-star hospitals in the city are not part of the scheme. Also, the scheme has been expanded to cover even people with white ration cards and government employees who were earlier not a part of the scheme. Health minister Rajesh Tope said the entire state’s population is now a part of the scheme and even other non-Covid procedures have been added to the scheme, with the number of hospitals doubled.
The city for the seventh consecutive day recorded over 1,000 cases. On Saturday, the BMC said 1,566 patients were added to the tally, which now stands at 28,634. Of these, 292 cases had tested positive between May 19 and 21 but were reported by private labs to the ICMR portal on Saturday. Deaths in the city continued to rise, with 40 occurring in the 24 hours ending Saturday evening; the city toll is now 949. Of 40 victims reported on Saturday, 22 had co-morbidities, and 25 were men and 15 women.
The number of victims below 40 years of age was four, while 5 were in the 40-60 age-group and 21 were above 60 years old. In a bid to provide transparency, BMC on Saturday shared bed data. It said 5,392 Covid-positive patients were admitted in either Dedicated Covid Health Centres or Covid-only hospitals. Of these, 4,056 were in BMC- and state-run hospitals, while 1,336 were in private hospitals. The city has 198 patients on ventilator support and another 583 are in ICU. Patients with mild symptoms – numbering 3,658 on Saturday evening — were admitted in corona care centres.
AMC Suresh Kakani said BMC is making efforts to get the mortality down by using expensive medicines such as tocilizumab and providing plasma therapy for seriously-ill patients. “We now have got permission to start using the new antiviral remidesivir (he Ebola drug) for use in Nair Hospital,” Kakani said. It is learnt each patient will be given 10 or 11 vials of the injection, totally costing Rs 80,000. BMC will also deploy 7 mobile x-ray units across various wards to pick up signs of ill-health among people over 55 years old. “We will begin in wards with high incidence,” he said.
NMMC areas reported two deaths and 74 cases. In Thane, 134 cases were reported. Pune reported 14 deaths, and 2 deaths were reported in Solapur and one each in Vasai-Virar, Satara, Thane and Nanded.

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