The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has decided to convert the Airoli and Nerul civic hospitals into Covid hospitals following suggestions from the Niti Ayog about the threat of a third coronavirus wave in September-October. Around 200 ICU beds have been planned at these two hospitals.
In addition, the civic body is also focusing on targeted testing with over 6,000 tests per day and is pushing the vaccination drive. At present, around 50 new cases of Covid-19 are being reported per day.
As per the Niti Ayog report, the country may see the peak of the third wave by October with around five lakh cases per day across the country. There have been reports that children would be largely affected this time on, a claim that many experts have rejected.
As per the NMMC’s health department, apart from 200 beds, a separate paediatric ward of 80 beds each will be set up at both Nerul and Airoli hospitals. Civic chief Abhijit Bangar held a review meeting and directed officials to pay special attention to the colour theme of these wards and make arrangements keeping children in mind.
Bangar also suggested planning pre-natal and post-natal coronavirus wards with 50 beds each in these two hospitals. “The civic chief had directed to complete the work of beds, oxygen pipeline and electrical work in both the hospitals and make them operational by mid-September,” said a senior health department official.
During the review meeting, Bangar also directed expediting the work of 485 oxygen beds at Mayuresh Chambers and 550 oxygen beds at Pol Foundation. He also instructed officials to be ready for the construction of additional Covid care centres.