Mumbai: With a growing number of Covid-19 cases, the Mumbai civic authorities sought to avoid chaos over allotment of beds and issued strict instructions to all government, municipal, private hospitals and nursing homes to admit Covid-19 positive patients through ward war rooms only.
Hospitals have been barred to take direct admissions on these reserved beds. Ravi Kiran, a relative of a patient said that he had to run from pillar to post. Hospitals that are affordable have hardly any vacant beds.
All private hospitals with Covid-19 facilities will have to depute a round-the-clock dedicated nodal officer who will provide all information to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) through different reporting formats and applications developed by MCGM.
All hospitals and facilities will have to activate maximum number of beds for Covid-19 positive patients and assistant commissioners (AC) of all wards shall take over possession of all the beds in the nursing homes and local hospitals for management of Covid-19 patients. If needed, the AC can deploy police personnel in the hospital/nursing home to facilitate the process.
As per the order, ACs can also deploy teachers or any other staff in all shift to ensure bed allotment by war room only in selected nursing homes and local hospitals.