Pune: Pune is witnessing a continuous rise of new coronavirus cases. Now, to battle against the novel coronavirus, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has received 13 ventilators under Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund.
Out of 13, four ventilators are being placed at Naidu Hospital whereas nine are placed on a temporary basis at Sassoon Hospital. Due to surge in the COVID-19 cases in the city, PMC may face the problem of shortage of ventilators and ICU in the near future.
Commenting on receiving the ventilators, Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said, "We have received 13 ventilators from PM Cares Fund. In the coming days, we may get more. It is a great help for the PMC."
"Earlier we had also received masks, PPE kit and other medical equipment. On behalf of all Punekars, I would like to thank PM Cares Fund for the help," he added.
Maharashtra and Delhi, the worst-affected states due to COVID-19 outbreak in India have received the maximum number of 'Made-in-India' ventilators from Centre which are delivered under Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in March had set up PM CARES fund where anyone can contribute in order to fight against the contagion.
During the rising cases in the country, PM CARES Fund has allocated Rs 2,000 crore for the stock of 50,000 'Made-in-India' ventilators to the hospitals which are designated for the coronavirus in all states and Union territories.
Meanwhile, Pune district on Monday reported 833 fresh cases, 589 were reported from Pune Municipal Corporation jurisdiction followed by 201 from Pimpri-Chinchwad, 28 from Pune Rural and 15 from the civil surgeon and Cantonment Board. There are now 6,195 active cases in the district of which 333 are critical and over 60 are on ventilator support.