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With rising variety of circumstances from districts outdoors Mumbai, the medical training division has elevated the mattress power in all 19 government-run medical schools throughout the state to 4,457 as of July 5, from round 2,000 as of May 1. Districts particularly Nagpur and Aurangabad have the very best variety of Covid-19 beds in medical schools. Health activists, nevertheless, mentioned the quantity is just not sufficient.

On June 11, the state recorded over 1 lakh sufferers and crossed the 2-lakh mark in lower than a month in a while July 2. Till Sunday, Mumbai recorded a complete of 84,524 Covid-19 sufferers, whereas the remaining 60% of the state’s whole of two,06,619 got here from different districts. As circumstances have plateaued in Mumbai, the state is now specializing in Pune, Nagpur, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, amongst others, that are recording a gradual surge.

The state medical training division has 19 medical schools throughout 16 districts within the state—Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nanded, Solapur, Akola, Aurangabad, Gondia, Jalgaon,Sangli, Kolhapur, Dhule, Yavatmal, Beed, Latur and Chandrapur. Of the 4,557 beds, 741 are for sufferers in intensive care items (ICU), 385 with ventilator help and remaining 3,331 are oxygen-supported beds for reasonably ailing sufferers. “We have observed that only 5% of the patients require a ventilator. Almost 80% of the patients with breathing difficulties recover with oxygen support. So, we have over 3,000 beds with oxygen facilities,” Sanjay Mukherjee, secretary of Medical Education and Drugs Department (MEDD). “On a daily basis, we try to expand the number of beds to accommodate more patients.”

Mumbai has 400 beds at government-run St George and GT hospitals that come underneath Grant Medical College (GMC), Mumbai, which can also be referred to as JJ Hospital. Pune has 266 beds in BJ Medical College and GMC in Baramati. At Nagpur, the place circumstances have surged from 139 on May 1 to 1,719 until July 5, there are 1,124 beds on the Government Medical College (GMC) and Indira Gandhi Medical College. Aurangabad, with 6,568 circumstances as of July 5, has 566 beds on the GMC. On May 1, Latur recorded solely 12 circumstances which until July 5 surged to 388. To deal with sufferers on the district, the Vilasrao Deshmukh Institute of Medical Science has arrange 388 beds. The medical training has put in 285 beds on the GMC-Miraj in Sangli, the place 315 Covid-19 circumstances have been recorded.

Since April, the medical training division has been establishing beds in all authorities schools, even in districts like Beed, Chandrapur and Gondia which didn’t have any Covid-19 sufferers then. “In May, the Central team criticised us for investing resources in districts which had minimal cases. But as we had kept the health infrastructure ready in our colleges, we could conduct tests and provide immediate treatment to migrants,” mentioned a senior officer from Directorate of Medical Education (DMER). “It also helped control the fatality rate.”

Dr Abhijit More, co-convenor of NGO Jan Aarogya Abhiyan, mentioned Jalgaon has solely 205 beds, regardless of 4,000 circumstances and 278 deaths until Sunday. “Jalgaon district has turned out to be the epicentre for Covid-19, with a fatality rate of almost 6.5%. In districts like Latur and Beed, if the cases increase, the fatality rate might rise further, owing to other factors such as malnutrition,” mentioned Dr More.

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