Amid Covid-19 surge, private hospitals in Mumbai see increased bed occupancy

Amid rising cases of Covid-19 and the Omicron variant in Mumbai, almost 60 percent of the beds in private hospitals reserved for Covid-19 patients are occupied. In fact, it does because the hospitalization rate in state and Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) -controlled hospitals is limited.

At Bombay Hospital, on Jan. 7, all 102 beds reserved for Covid-19 patients were occupied by days due to the increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in the city.

“Most of the infected cases come from high-rise buildings. There are fewer cases from the slums. People in high-rise buildings prefer private hospitals. We are therefore seeing an increase in bed occupancy, ”said Dr. Bhansali.

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There are a total of 142 private Covid-19 hospitals in Mumbai. These hospitals have a total capacity of around 7,500 functional beds. On January 7, almost 4,500 people were occupied.

Dr. Bhansali said that the private hospitals do not usually admit asymptomatic patients. “Asymptomatic patients were asked to be isolated at home by regulation. Patients with comorbidities with mild symptoms will be admitted. But even then, the lead time is very short. You barely need a day or two. Some are kept for observation and then they leave. So the hospital stay in this wave is lower than in the last wave, ”he said.

In contrast to the last wave, the oxygen consumption in private hospitals is lower this time. Doctors argue that there are many in-house patients in private hospitals who go positive after checkups even though they did not show any signs.

“In the coming days, the number of Covid-19 beds will be increased to around 14,000. In combination with the state facilities, Mumbai will have at least 45,000 oxygen-rich beds. Even if the falls get too lakh, Mumbai is prepared, ”said Dr. Bhansali.

On Friday, Maharashtra recorded 40,925 new Covid-19 cases, of which Mumbai alone accounted for 20,927 cases.

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