As Covid cases fall sharply across Gujarat and Ahmedabad, private hospitals offering Covid treatment are likely to shift focus to serving regular patients.
AMC sources said there are 70 private hospitals designated for Covid care out of which 45 will seek denotification as Covid hospitals in a week or two.
According to Ahmedabad Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (AHNA), there are 2,500 to 3,000 Covid beds in private hospitals consisting of ICU (intensive care unit), HUD (High Dependency Units), BiPap and general ward beds. However, being designated as Covid hospitals, regular patients are being deprived of treatment.
Deputy Municipal Commissioner (Health Praveen Chaudhary said “We expect about 40 to 45 private hospitals to delist themselves as Covid care facilities as cases have started to fall sharply. At present, there are about 70 patients being treated in 72 private Covid hospitals. This means an average of one person per hospital.”
Currently, many of these hospitals are serving both Covid and non-Covid hospitals. It is their prerogative to delist as Covid care facility.
Meanwhile, challenges persist for AMC in achieving 100% vaccination across all age groups. AMC health officer Dr Bhavin Solanki said, “Our top priority will be people who are yet to take a second dose of vaccine. Our focus will be in eastern parts of the city where there’s a sizable number yet to take the second dose for one or other reason.” Ahmedabad Mirror