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AMC braces for possible third wave of COVID, looks to add 25000 more beds

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The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) like many other civic bodies and state governments was caught unaware by the sudden surge of COVID cases in the second wave of the pandemic. But the AMC is not taking any more chance and is preparing for a possible third wave. It has made a committee of 8 members for each of the zones in the AMC limits to come up with an action plan if the third wave is to hit the city.

Each committee of each zone is headed by a deputy municipal commissioner and a move is being made to increase an additional 25,000 beds.  The committee will provide a feasibility report to the deputy municipal commissioners about the various availability of beds in hospitals, community halls and places that can be converted into a makeshift hospital in the coming days if needed.

Rise in vacant COVID beds in AMC limits

The number of critical beds that are available now has gone up as Ahmedabad registers a drop in COVID cases. In all, 1964 beds are vacant in the COVID hospitals. The critical beds refer to those with oxygen and in ICU units.

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On Thursday evening, private hospitals catering to COVID patients had 975 vacant ventilator and oxygen beds. AMC run SVP Hospital had 39 oxygen and ICU beds vacant in all while it was 21 for LG Hospital and 33 for Shardaben Hospital. VS Hospital had 16 empty beds.

The 175 designated COVID hospitals in the city all have 975 vacant beds while the 242 nursing homes have 589 vacant beds.

Civil Hospitals have 267 vacant beds, ESIC hospitals have 24 vacant beds. In all the city has 9,545 ICU and oxygen beds of which 7,581 are filled while the rest are vacant.

 

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