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Surging COVID-19 numbers compelled top officials to meet and plan for additional health infrastructure in A’bad
Ahmedabad: Given the ongoing shortage of beds at government hospitals for COVID-19 patients in the city, the state on Wednesday decided to shut the evening Out Patient Department (OPD) until April 30 and increase the bed capacity in MediCity (Civil Hospital Asarwa campus).
The new buildings of the kidney and cancer centres will now be converted into dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and a total of 500 beds will be set up for patients.
Chief principal secretary to the chief minister K Kailashnathan chaired a high-level meeting on Wednesday afternoon to discuss the current situation, inflow of COVID-19 patients and infrastructure at the Civil Hospital campus.
It was attended by health commissioner Jayaprakash Shivhare, Civil Hospital superintendent Dr JP Modi and other department heads.
Following the meeting, Dr Modi told the media, “It was decided that the evening OPD at Civil Hospital will be discontinued till April 30. Also, the new buildings of kidney and cancer hospitals will be converted into dedicated COVID-19 facilities.
The kidney hospital on Manjushree Mill compound has already started treating nCoV patients and 30 patients were shifted to the building on Wednesday. The plan is to increase its capacity to 400 beds.”
Currently, there are over 1,400 beds reserved for COVID-19 patients in MediCity (Civil Hospital Asarwa). Of those, around 1,270 beds are occupied and on an average 100- 200 patients are referred to Civil Hospital for treatment very day.
Sources say the state government also plans to increase the number of beds at the Sola Civil Hospital by 400 and that centres to treat patients with mild or no symptoms will be reactivated, if needed.