COVID-19 flattening its curve? No new admissions at Jumbo Hospital in Pune from January 1
Pune: Jumbo COVID Hospital at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) which was constructed at the expense of Rs 105 crore six months back will no longer take any admissions from January 1. The Jumbo Hospital located at Shivajinagar will be closed from January 1.
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar in August had said that the Jumbo Hospital will remain operational till the COVID-19 completely vanishes from the city. However, it is seen that the second wave of COVID-19 did not have a big impact during November and December. At the same time, the number of new cases has come down to an average of 200 per day. The mortality rate is within two per cent. As a result, the administration has decided to close Jumbo Hospital in the city.
Saurabh Rao, Divisional Commissioner, Pune said, “The first phase of operations at Jumbo COVID Centre was six months and it has been over now. Also, there is a decline in new COVID-19 cases in the city. Thus, no new admission will be registered from January 1.”
Dr Sanjeev Wavare, Assistant Chief of the Health Department at PMC said, “Currently, there are adequate facilities provided at government based hospitals. We have enough provisional facilities at Naidu Hospital along with COVID Centre in Baner, Laygude Hospital and Dalvi Hospital. We have enough manpower to cater to healthcare service.”
The district administration will think over to reopen the centre if the number of COVID-19 cases increased in future, however, all the facilities of the treatment will continue even after the closure of Jumbo Hospital. There will be no change in providing healthcare facilities such as oxygenated beds, ventilator and other medical supply, the administration clarified.
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