Hosps plan Cov bed expansion | Kolkata News

Calcutta: The increase in Covid-positive cases is now constant. Hospitals said that while the increase is not yet alarming, hospital occupancy is steadily increasing. Some hospitals have even started thinking about an increasing number of Covid beds. Most of the hospitals said they would watch the situation develop in about a fortnight to take a call improving the Covid facility.
The number of Covid patients in most city hospitals had shrunk to one place in August and September. But the number began to rise in early October.
“Before the festival, we would have admitted an average of 12 Covid patients on a given day. On Friday we had 27 positive patients. The occupancy on Saturday rose to 35 of our 47 Covid beds. While the situation is far from being on the second wave, given the nature of the spike, we may need to increase the number of Covid beds, ”said Pradip Tondon, CEO of Belle Vue Clinic.
The Peerless Hospital currently has 40 Covid beds. On Saturday 36 beds were occupied, including 7 ITU beds. “From now on, we are closely monitoring how the Covid situation develops, as we have to create a fine balance between Covid and non-Covid patients,” said a hospital official.
“We started getting serious cases referred from other hospitals after the festival,” said Anima Halder, director of Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General Hospital.
“The newly added ICU should come in handy in the event of a big climb. In the event of a massive rush of patients, however, we will need workers, ”added Halder.
Fortis Hospital also had about 26 patients on Saturday. The utilization of Covid patients was in the single-digit range before the festival.


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