Rush of patients from other dists push hospital bed occupancy in Vadodara

COVID 19  patients, mostly in critical condition, from outside Vadodara district has led to a steep rise in demand for beds in the city, officials said. On Monday, 6,412 of the total 8,989 Covid-19 beds in the city hospitals remained occupied, even as the intensive care unit (ICU) beds reported the maximum stress.

The city recorded 394 fresh cases on Monday as Gujarat breached the 3,000-mark in coronavirus cases taking the state’s tally to 3,21,598.

According to data shared by Vadodara Municipal Corporation, 182 patients from the city sought hospitalization Monday, while around 116 patients from other districts sought admission in various city hospitals.

OSD Vinod Rao said, “Over the last two days, we have seen a sudden and steep increase in hospital admission of Covid-19 patients from outside the district. Most of the patients are coming at a critical stage and hence directly occupy ICU and ventilator-equipped beds. These patients are from Panchmahals, Bharuch, Chhota Udepur, Anand, Kheda, Narmada and Mahisagar districts.” The number of new patients from Vadodara city and rural areas, he added, were stabilising.

The administration is now working to set up 50 new oxygen-equipped beds by 8 am Tuesday at GMERS-run Gotri hospital while 20 more have been identified at the plastic surgery ICU of the hospital. These 70 oxygen beds will be ready by Thursday, Rao said, taking the capacity of the hospital from 575 to 715 beds. The administration is installing 10 more ventilators at Gotri hospital Monday that will up its capacity to 155.

Officials said there was a high demand for critical care beds. Of the 1,476 available ICU beds, close to 1,300, they said, were currently occupied. “We are reviewing the situation at SSG and Gotri hospitals. We are ensuring that nobody, who is entitled for facility care, is denied service. Depending on case to case, we are also diverting patients to Dhiraj Hospital, Pioneer Hospital and Parul Hospital. We have installed 15 ventilators tonight for free treatment category patients at Pioneer Hospital. We will create 20 more beds at B2 ward and an additional 15 beds at G1 ward of SSG Hospital on Monday night using oxygen concentrators,” Rao said.

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