Two five-star hotels in Mumbai allowed to admit non-critical patients

The Mumbai civic body said on Thursday it had approved two five-star hotels in the city to be used by private hospitals to admit coronavirus patients who are not in critical condition, the Hindustan times reported. Twenty-two beds at the InterContinental Hotel on Marine Drive and 20 beds at the Trident Hotel at the Bandra Kurla Resort will be made available, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has announced.

Non-critical patients at Bombay Hospital in South Mumbai can be transferred to Marine Drive, while those at HN Reliance Foundation Hospital can benefit from Bandra Kurla Complex Hospital.

The decision to nominate the two hotels came after the civic body said private hospitals would partner with four or five star hotels, NDTV reported. These facilities will accommodate patients who can be transferred from hospitals after physician approval.

“It is observed that many beds in private hospitals are occupied by patients who do not require emergency medical intervention, these patients can be managed efficiently and adequately in isolation facilities such as descent facilities. “said a notice from the public health department.

Hospitals can charge up to Rs 4,000 for a room in these facilities and Rs 6,000 if someone stays with the patient, according to NDTV.

Meanwhile, the private Jaslok Hospital in Mumbai has now been converted to a dedicated Covid-19 hospital, ANI reported, citing the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai. The hospital will no longer accept patients with other conditions.

The BMC commissioner added that an additional 250 Covid-19 beds at Jaslok Hospital, including 40 in the intensive care unit, would be available on the civic body’s online dashboard by Saturday morning. Thirty more intensive care beds will be added to the SevenHills Hospital Thursday and 1,500 additional regular beds will be available at the NESCO Jumbo Center in a week’s time.

The move came as health infrastructure in the country’s financial capital continued to be under strain due to the high number of coronavirus cases. Wednesday, Mumbai reported 9,925 new cases of the virus and 54 others died.

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