Maharashtra’s Health secretary Pradeep Vyas expressed his concern if the rise in daily cases continues, then there could be three lakh active cases in the state in the first week of April.
Maharashtra on Wednesday reported record 31,855 new coronavirus cases, its highest ever single-day spike since the outbreak of the pandemic. The total caseload of the state rose to 25,64,881 with 2,47,299 active cases and the death toll rose to 53,684 with 95 new fatalities.
It is often projected that death toll could also rise above 64,000 in next 11 days, roughly which means 1,000 death a day over two weeks.
Maharashtra which is in tight grip of coronavirus accounted for 63.21 per cent of the daily new cases according to data released by Union health ministry. Also it has been revealed that Pune district (61,125) followed by Nagpur (47,707) and Mumbai (32,927), are worst hit regions in Maharashtra.
Likely to face shortage of health facilities
As the state is heading towards new peak of infection, where 95 per cent of patients are asymptomatic with over 41% of active cases are in hospital, of which 8% are critical and 0.71% are on ventilator, ramping up public health system is the need of hour.
Principal health secretary Dr. Pradeep Vyas claimed that state is equipped with adequate numbers of non-oxygen beds, ICU beds and ventilators, but the needs to be outfitted with nearly 4,000 more beds with oxygen support. He also specified that patients should be admitted to hospital only on the basis of clinical condition not with any other consideration. Those who have recovered and have no fever, cough for three days and have more than 95% oxygen saturation should be promptly shifted to stand-down Covid Care Centres, Dr. Vyas said. Furthermore he added that there should be four-hourly, six-minute walk tests and checking of oxygen and temperature of the patients.
Responding to the demand of increasing number of beds in hospitals, Thane collector Rajesh Narvekar said that the district administration had begun the task of amping up bed facilities at hospitals and at least 3,000 beds will be added in the next 4 days.
“Several of our Covid centres that were shut down will be activated. Patidar Hall in Kalyan Dombivali and Dombivali gymkhana are also being active,” he added.
Nagpur, district with second highest caseload also added about 250 new beds in private hospitals in the last 2 days, and over 90 beds were made, available at the government medical college, and another 45 beds will be added at government hospitals said municipal commissioner Radhakrishnan B.
Health minister Rajesh Tope said 85% of cases are treatable at home. The 80:20 formula of bed sharing by private hospitals, if fully implemented, will ensure there is no shortage in beds, he added.
Measure by Government
Looking at the deleterious situation in state Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday held a virtual meeting with divisional commissioners and asked them to ensure that restrictions that have already been announced are being implemented strictly, and there are adequate tracking and testing. All religious congregation and mass gatherings are banned. The state is focusing to speed up the inoculation drive aiming to vaccinate over three lakh people daily, Health minister Rajesh Tope said.