Maharashtra to increase ICU beds; looking for central facilities in the state

MUMBAI: which is fighting against the increase in cases, has asked hospitals under the Railways, the Army and other central companies to make their facilities in the state available to the government that plans to increase the number of beds in the ICU.

A statement issued by the Office of the Chief Minister (CMO) on Wednesday said that CM was personally speaking with higher authorities concerned about obtaining more beds in the ICU for the treatment of patients with COVID-19.

As part of the planning, the State Government has requested hospitals, institutions and buildings under the administration of the railways, the Port of Mumbai Trust, the Indian Army, the Navy and other Central Government companies for its facilities to be available throughout Maharashtra, he said.

The government stated that it had been waging war in recent months, and has so far managed to contain its spread through various measures.

In addition, he said that the number of tests increases significantly and, therefore, the patient count increases.

The number of patients being cured and discharged has also increased, the statement said.

A total of 2,819 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state after the recovery, a state government official said Tuesday.

Since the Center projected an increase in the number of positive coronavirus cases in May, the state government has created isolation facilities and ICUs in Mumbai and Pune, he said.

Mumbai, its metropolitan region and the areas under the municipal corporations of Pune and Pimri-Chinchwad represent the maximum number of the total of 15,525 cases of COVID-19 reported as of May 5.

In Mumbai, such (quarantine) facilities have been established at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, the Nehru Science Center, the Nehru Planetarium, the Goregaon Exhibition Center, BKC, the Richardson Krudas factory near the JJ hospital. Private hospitals have also allocated some of their facilities to the ICU (beds), the statement said.