Bhilwara's collector takes over five private hospitals, books, 1,500 hotel rooms for Covid-19's care

JAIPUR: After 19 people tested positive for Covid-19 in Rajasthan's Bhilwara, the collector has now taken over five private hospitals to expand the number of patient isolation facilities in the district.

As of now, 50 people are isolated: 35 in the district hospital and 15 in these five private hospitals.

The district administration has also reserved 1,500 rooms in hotels across the city. At the moment, about 600 people are in these hotels, the district collector told TOI.

The situation in Bhilwara plunged into a crisis after the death of a 73-year-old on Thursday and his son and granddaughter also tested positive for the infection. So far, 19 people in the district have been found infected with the virus. A massive team of 1,500 healthcare workers and 2,400 police officers are conducting the country's largest detection exercise for the new coronavirus after 13 cases of viral infection appeared in Bhilwara. The magnitude of the task seems overwhelming. The textile city of 6 lakh people in Rajasthan is under curfew. Bhilwara's borders have been sealed and the vast majority of the population is struggling for essential services.

The five private hospitals taken over by the district administration are: Shrimati Kesar Bai Soni Hospital, Shri Siddhi Vinayak Hospital, Hospital, Keshav Porwal Hospital and Arihant Hospital, Bhatt said.

Bhatt also said that the number of isolation beds in the district hospital has been increased to 200.

We have taken control of the five hospitals along with their doctors, nurses, staff and equipment and the facilities for Covid-19 related treatment after receiving orders from the district administration, said a senior health department official, published in Bhilwara.

The order also said that the hospitals will be completely disinfected before being released to owners.