“In the state, 8,000 beds will be made available for Covid treatment by the weekend,” said a state health department official. Several decisions were taken at a meeting presided over by the chief secretary, Alapan Bandyopadhyay, at state secretariat, where all the departmental heads, head of police force, DGPs, CPs and PSU heads were present. An additional 3,400 beds were secured out of the targeted 3,500 beds.
“We have scaled up the bed count from 128 to 160 during the last two days and are committed to ramping up our facilities further. We are exploring all options to boost our infrastructure and provide quality treatment with a top-notch pulmonology unit in place,” said Dr Simmardeep Gill, COO, CK Birla Hospitals. “With 20 additional beds, we are now equipped with 63 beds, including 11 ITU beds,” said Sudipta Mitra, CEO Peerless Hospital. While RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences is planning to add 51 more beds in the next two weeks, most private hospitals said they will be augmenting Covid beds in phased manner when they get the space.
The 10 ESI hospitals across the state, which currently have 50 beds each for Covid care, will have 900 more beds by the weekend, raising the total count of beds to 1,400. The chief secretary also held meetings with the superintendents of all government hospitals on Tuesday to put the focus back on Covid management. In addition, 340 beds in 12 police hospitals have been earmarked for Covid treatment of cops and their kin. An importance is given on building robust regional setups in the districts so that patients do not get referred to Kolkata.