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As COVID cases dip, more hospital beds become vacant in Ahmedabad


The number of vacant critical beds in the city has seen a surge as the COVID cases take a dip. Earlier, reports had mentioned the near absence of long queues of ambulances outside the Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad.

In all 1,128 vacant critical care beds (oxygen and ICU) are available in government and private hospitals in Ahmedabad. Although the number of ventilator beds and ICU beds going vacant is still low compared to others.

The AMC run SVP Hospital has 9, LG Hospital has 18 and Sharadaben Hospital has 8 oxygen and ICU beds vacant in each of the hospitals.

VS Hospital has seven such vacant beds. The 174 designated COVID hospitals in the city have 514 vacant beds while 236 nursing homes have 358 such beds.

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ESIC hospital has 21 vacant beds. Of the 9,758 beds of ICU and oxygen available in the city, 8,630 are filled while 1,128 are vacant.

COVID concerns

 Meanwhile, Gujarat is reporting several instances of COVID patients developing a fungal infection – mucormycosis. Known as black fungus, the disease is fatal for those who are transplant patients, in ICU, and have poor immunity.

Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad alone has reported 67 such patients in the last 20 days. Earlier, AIIMS chief Dr Randeep Guleria had said that a high dosage of some drugs used for COVID which was not justified was lowering the immunity of patients making them vulnerable to secondary infections.

Gujarat has recorded 11,084 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours while, 14,770 people were successfully treated for the same. In all 121 fatalities due to the disease were recorded during the same period of which the highest number of fatalities was recorded in the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) limits. the AMC recorded 18 deaths due to the disease in the last 24 hours.


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