With Covid energetic instances proceed to fall — on Monday, they reached a four-month low — the Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Company has shut down its 200-bed Auto Cluster hospital because it had utterly run out of sufferers. The PCMC administration stated it could additionally shut down the 816-bed Jumbo Hospital by June 10 if it too runs out of sufferers. On the similar, the administration is planning to partially convert the YCM hospital right into a non-Covid one.
“Now we have closed down Auto Cluster hospital on Monday. It is because on Sunday, it had one affected person and on Monday, it had no affected person,” stated Municipal Commissioner Rajesh Patil.
Patil stated if within the absence of sufferers, the hospital is allowed to proceed, they should pay per mattress fees to the contractor.
By Monday night, Pimpri-Chinchwad had round 5,000 energetic instances. Of those, solely 2,500 had been hospitalised. Pimpri-Chinchwad has 135 devoted Covid hospital and a mattress capability of 10,000 together with those in civic and personal Covid Care Centres.
Just like the closure of the Auto Cluster hospital, the PCMC chief stated they’re additionally planning to shut down the 816-bed Jumbo Hospital at Nehrunagar. “The Jumbo hospital too has fewer variety of sufferers. We are going to take a name concerning its closure on June 10, relying on the variety of sufferers,” he stated. By Monday night, the Jumbo hospital had nearly 100 sufferers.
Equally, the commissioner stated since instances have gone down, the YCM hospital too has fewer sufferers. “Subsequently, we’re planning to partially convert YCM hospital right into a non-Covid one. The choice will likely be taken quickly, he added.
Patil stated new hospitals arrange by PCMC at Thergaon and Akurdi having a collective capability of 350 beds will develop into operational by June 5. “Lot of load from our civic hospitals will get shifted to those hospitals. Each these hospitals will likely be devoted Covid hospitals,” he stated. Earlier, this week, PCMC had shut down 5 Covid Care Centres as properly.
Extra Municipal Commissioner Ulhas Jagtap, who was taking care of the Auto Cluster facility, stated, “The Auto Cluster facility was run by a personal contractor since final September. It was taken over by PCMC on Might 9. We are going to subsequently pay the salaries of the medical doctors, nurses and different employees of the hospital till Might 31.”
The hospital was taken over by PCMC after allegations surfaced that medical doctors took cash to supply an ICU mattress to a COVID affected person. Two medical doctors of Auto Cluster hospital and two of a personal hospital had been arrested on this connection.