Mumbai Corona Update: 1,200 Covid-19 beds readied in Xavier’s, Mehboob Studios | Mumbai News

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MUMBAI: As Covid-19 patients are increasing, plans are afoot to create more jumbo care centres here, like MMRDA grounds at Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) and NESCO in Goregaon. BMC plans another 1,000-bed centre at Mehboob Studios in Bandra, and has put up beds at St Xavier’s College and JJ School of Applied Arts, while some rooms and the auditorium of DG Ruparel College in Matunga have also been taken over.
Cabinet ministers Aditya Thackeray and Aslam Shaikh on Wednesday visited the studio, which is likely to cater to patients from H west and east wards. H west ward primarily includes Bandra, Khar and Santacruz. East includes parts of Bandra, Kalina and Santacruz, and reported over a 1,000 cases and over 35 deaths. So far, 419 cases have been reported from H west, including 39 deaths. While many cases are reported from congested slums pockets like Shastri Nagar, Khar Danda and Gazdarbandh, cases are also there in housing societies.
Shaikh said, “We are considering care centres-2 for mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. It can have almost 1,000 beds. We want to ensure jumbo facilities are created, as managing them is also more viable, with doctors and other paramedical staff being in one place.” Civic officials said creating smaller facilities in different areas would require more doctors, nurses, ward boys and cleaners.
Bandra corporator Asif Zakeria said it was a good move. “Many patients are finding it difficult to get beds. Sometimes, as family members test positive too, they are unable to co-ordinate and ensure the patient is admitted. Infrastructure needs to be strengthened,” he said. H east ward corporator Tulip Miranda said that larger facilities will help as cases are multiplying by the day.
The iconic college hall and canteen foyer on St Xavier’s campus have been converted into a quarantine centre for close contacts of patients. Around 180 beds have been set up, and 70 will come up on the terrace of Xavier’s Institute of Management Research building on the campus. While less than 15 people are on the campus, the college is cordoning off the areas. Around 80 beds are put up in a hall of the landmark JJ School of Applied Arts too.
Fr Keith D’Souza, rector of the college, said BMC had sought the premises for the quarantine facility. “We were told close contacts of Covid patients will be kept here. The plan is to put up at least 200 beds,” he said.
Rajiv Mishra, director, Directorate of Arts, said the ground floor hall in the applied arts’ school had been taken over for a quarantine facility with 80 beds.
Close contacts of health workers from a Dadar hospital would be kept at Ruparel.



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