The Gujarat Government on Wednesday announced that 31 private hospitals in the state will be used as designated hospitals for the treatment of coronavirus. The 31 hospitals are spread over 26 districts of Gujarat.
The decision has been taken by the state government under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, and the Gujarat Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020.
As per the data made available by the government, the 31 private hospitals will add 4,064 beds for coronavirus treatment. Interestingly, no private hospital has been taken up for the purpose in Ahmedabad that has registered the highest number of 83 positive cases. So far, the COVID-19 case burden in the heritage city is being managed by Ahmedabad Civil Hospital, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Hospital, and GMERS Hospital in Sola.
The various districts where these private hospitals are situated are Aravalli, Sabarkantha, Banaskantha, Patan, Mehsana, Anand, Kheda, Mahisagar, Panchmahals, Dahod, Chhota Udepur, Narmada, Bharuch, Tapi, Navsari, Valsad, Amreli, Botad, Jamnagar, Devbhumi Dwarka, Gir-Somnath, Junagarh, Porbandar, Morbi, Kutch, and Bhavnagar.
So far, the state has recorded 179 cases of COVID-19 till 10 am on Wednesday, with 14 fresh cases reported in the past 24-hours. The state has also recorded the second-highest death toll in the country. So far, Gujarat’s death toll stands at 16, with four deaths reported in the last 24-hours. The maximum number of five deaths has been reported from Ahmedabad.
This apart, the state government has also decided to provide around 60 lakh APL-1 cardholders with 10 kg wheat, 3 kg rice, 1 kg pulses, and 1 kg sugar free of cost for this month. The move is aimed at supporting these families amid the economic crisis and job losses due to the coronavirus pandemic.