Gurugram runs out of Covid beds, 800 more to be added | Gurgaon News – Times of India


GURUGRAM: The city’s ICU and ventilator bed capacity was nearly full on Monday, with just nine out of 491 ICU beds and two out of 233 ventilator beds in 43 hospitals available. The number of available oxygen beds dropped from 228 to 129 in a day.
TC Gupta, in-charge of Covid management for Gurgaon, said 800 beds with oxygen and ventilators will be added in three hospitals — Medeor, SGT and Jhajjar World Medical College — in the next three days.

“We are keeping a close watch on the bed status in private hospitals and teams are scrutinising their admission and discharge policies,” he added.
Currently, out of 12,772 active cases, 11,965 patients are in home isolation while 1,335 are hospitalised. On April 12, a total of 185 ICU beds were occupied, as compared to 482 on April 19. As far as ventilator beds are concerned, 48 were occupied last week, as opposed to 231 now.
Deputy commissioner Yash Garg said Gurgaon could convert private facilities into dedicated Covid hospitals if the need arises.
Hospitals said they are finding it tough to convert community centres and hotels into medical centres. “We have already stretched our resources. Converting hotels and community centres is an option but with limited manpower at hand, it can lead to a disaster,” said a senior doctor from a major private hospital.
The health department appealed to people to stay home. “Everyone doesn’t need hospitalisation. People who are critical are being given priority and our teams are providing consultation through video-conferencing,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer, Gurgaon.
Dr Shivanshu Raj Goyal, consultant, respiratory/pulmonology & sleep medicine, Artemis, advised that people testing positive mustn’t panic. “Those with oxygen levels above 94%, especially aged below 60, are advised to take treatment at home. Fever, vomiting, uneasiness and weakness are regular symptoms and don’t require hospitalisation. Even those who recover at hospitals can go home and make space for more needy patients. Drugs like Remdesivir are reserved for very sick patients with high oxygen requirements. It is advisable to consult doctors over the phone,” he said.
Meanwhile, several people took to Twitter to raise the issue of bed unavailability. One user, Mihar Pandya, posted: “Any Idea where we could find a Covid bed in Gurgaon? Patient’s oxygen level dropping down. Any leads would be helpful.”
Another user, Paritosh Vays, tweeted, “Hi, one of my friend’s mother needs an oxygen bed on an urgent basis at Gurgaon (sic).”
Yet another user, Aayush Joshi, shared: “In urgent need of an ICU bed in Delhi, Noida, Gurugram. Patient is 68 years old with severe Covid-19 symptoms and dialysis requirements. He is still in the ambulance. Only normal bed available in Batra Hospital. Help needed.”



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