PMC decides to restart 800-bed jumbo Covid facility, 209-bed hospital in Baner also ready

The agency's contract will be extended for three months starting from the day of reopening of the facility which is presently shut for admissions

Gearing up for a possible third wave of coronavirus infections in the city, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to restart the 800-bed jumbo hospital at CoEP ground in Shivajinagar. The civic body is also readying a state-of-the-art new 209-bed Covid hospital in Baner.

Last year, the state government had started a jumbo hospital to cater to the increasing number of Covid-19 patients. The 800-bed hospital has 600 oxygen beds, 100 ICU beds and 100 HDU (high dependency unit) beds. All patients admitted here will be treated free of cost.

“The civic administration’s proposal to extend the contract of various agencies running the jumbo hospital has been approved. The contract will be for three months from the date of reopening of the hospital,” said Hemant Rasane, chairperson of PMC standing committee.

“There is possibility of a third wave of Covid-19 in the city. The number of Covid patients in the city is increasing every day. The contract for running the jumbo hospital ended on June 30 after there was a decline in active cases and spread of infection. The hospital functioning was suspended but the infrastructure was kept intact for future needs,” said Municipal Commissioner Vikram Kumar.

He said further spread of Covid-19 can’t be ruled out in the city and it has become necessary to take steps for containing it.

The second dedicated Covid hospital in Baner with 209 beds is also ready.

“The six-storey building in Baner was developed as three floors of parking and top three floors to be used for commercial purposes. However, it has now been converted to a dedicated Covid hospital for treatment of patients,” said City Engineer Prashant Waghmare.

The entire cost of converting the building to a hospital with necessary changes and facilities was done at an expenditure of Rs 12 crore, with most of the funding raised via Corporate Social Responsibility. “The PMC has spent only Rs 1.75 crore and Rs 1 crore has been used from local area development fund of the MLA, while the remaining has been provided by corporates,” he said.

The PMC had started a dedicated Covid hospital in Baner last year in a civic-owned property and it is still in use. Now, the PMC is looking for a private agency to operate the second hospital, as such an agency is also running the first hospital in Baner.

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