Covid-19 Pune : COEP jumbo hospital to have 40 beds reserved for leprosy patients

Pune : Maharashtra has been the most affected state in the country by deadly coronavirus. In Maharashtra, Pune city is leading in most number of Covid19 cases and mortality rate after Mumbai. In such a situation, pre-preparation and advanced planning becomes the top most priority for the safety of citizens.

Now the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) is going to reserve 40 beds at the Jumbo COVID center, located at COEP ground in Shivajinagar. The decision was taken after observing the necessity of treating leprosy patients who are also infected with Coronavirus (COVID19) disease amid the unprecedented pandemic.

According to the information given by Rubal Agarwal, PMC Additional Municipal Commissioner and Executive Head of the Jumbo COVID care centre, so far, around 21 patients have been admitted at the facility. Four patients were suspected of contracting COVID19 at the Dr Bandorawalla Government Leprosy Hospital in Kondhwa. But because of the leprosy, their fingers, earlobes, and other organs are disfigured making it difficult for PMC to test them for the virus and check their oxygen level using oximeters.

The seriousness of the situation was observed by the civic body officials. Soon after that, they rushed the lepers to the nearest hospital facility, but as the patients didn’t have Aadhar Cards, none of them were admitted. All the patients were returned to the leprosy centre, as informed by Dr Deepti Bachchav to Agarwal.

“Considering the situation of the patients, they were ordered to be admitted to the Jumbo Covid Center immediately,” stated Agarwal.

Vikram Kumar, Commissioner of PMC later directed the administration at the leprosy hospital to test all other patients in contact with the infected patients. After these orders, Tanaji Narle, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Kondhwa Ward took action and inspected 128 patients, out of which 21 were sent to the Jumbo facility.

Efforts of PMC were praised by Pune Mayor Murlidhar Mohol and Divisional Commissioner Saurabh Rao.

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