At a time when the surge in COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad continues unabated, the Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Associations (AHNA) has informed that only 16.7 per cent of beds meant for COVID-19 treatment in private hospitals of the city are vacant.
The least number of beds are vacant in the ICU with ventilator support category which is required for the management of critical patients.
The shortage of beds for COVID-19 treatment is because of a surge in the number of active cases of the virus.
Shortage of ICU beds for COVID care in Ahmedabad
As per the data made available by AHNA on its website, 1,820 private beds are there in Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) requisitioned private hospitals for COVID-19 treatment. Out of it, only 304 beds were available as of 9.30 am on Monday.
Shockingly, there are only 16 vacant beds in the category of ICU with ventilator support, which is required for managing critical patients. There are 55 beds available in the category of ICU without ventilator support.
Similarly, there are 138 beds available across the city in high dependency units, whereas the number of vacant regular isolation beds is 95.
The above data pertains to 64 hospitals and nursing homes where COVID-19 treatment is being carried out.
AMC video exposes gross violation of COVID-19 norms by Amdavadis
The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has released a video, a sort of a reality check, which exposes the gross violation of COVID-19 norms by the citizens.
The video that was shot last week shows people without masks and not abiding the social distancing norms. AMC has time and again requested people to follow safety norms regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
Action against violators
As far as action against errant establishments and citizens is concerned, AMC has penalised over 55,000 shops, commercial units and vendors and collected Rs 1.9 crore in fines. It has also temporarily shut 90 big establishments for violating safety norms and recovered a penalty of around Rs 31.42 lakh.
Also, it penalized 4.5 lakh people for not wearing a mask and collected 2.24 crore in penalties. Around 35 tea stalls have been sealed and more than 1,200 tea stalls have closed voluntarily.
Similarly, around 7,000 people have been penalized for spitting on roads and near paan shops, whereas 603 paan shops have been sealed after collecting 38.61 lakh in penalties.
COVID-19 status in Ahmedabad
As per the Gujarat health department, 36,246 cases of the viral infection have been reported in Ahmedabad till date. Also, 1,804 people have succumbed to the virus so far. Around 30,135 people have recovered till date. The city’s tally is increasing by 190-200 cases every day.
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