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UP: Reactivate 503 coronavirus hospitals as cases soar in state

The novel coronavirus is back with vengeance in India. As Covid-19 cases soar in Uttar Pradesh, the state’s health department is gearing up to reactivate 503 hospitals from level 1 to level 3 to treat infected patients, a state official said.

Arrangements will be made to re-enrol 1.5 lakh beds in various UP’s hospitals for Covid-19 patients in the upcoming days, he added.

The development comes after Amit Mohan Prasad, the additional chief secretary of the UP health department, through a video call, directed officials to speed up preparations to treat Covid-19 patients in the state.

These hospitals in Uttar Pradesh were closed for the past two months as very few virus cases were detected in the state.

As the number of cases has risen, the UP government is gearing up to add more beds to treat coronavirus patients.

The active caseload in UP has mounted to 11,918 after 2,600 people tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The state also reported nine deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the number of deaths to 8,820 in Uttar Pradesh.

India Today conducts ground check
India Today visited some coronavirus hospitals in the state capital, Lucknow, to see the status of the bed availability.

The visit revealed that there are currently 717 beds in 10 Covid hospitals in Lucknow. Out of this, 417 are occupied. Similarly, out of 186 ICU beds, 166 beds are occupied. These patients were admitted till March 31 in Lucknow.

In Lok Bandhu Hospital, there is a provision of 100 beds, out of which, 43 are occupied with 10 beds in ICU.

Similarly, in Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Science, Covid hospitals have the capacity of 110 beds. Out of this, 56 are occupied, including 39 beds in ICU.

However, both hospitals claimed to have sufficient capacity and logistics to serve infected patients.

India Today TV spoke to the director of Lok Bandhu Hospital Dr Arun Lal who said that the occupancy is not full, and we have the provision to provide beds to patients

“The hospital is dedicated to Covid-19 with OPD operating currently. We have had the 200 bed-capacity earlier, and if required this can be expanded accordingly,” he said.

India Today TV also spoke to Dr AK Singh, director of RML Institute, who said that there is an increase of five-six patients on a daily basis, and most of the patients are in ICU.

“We are going to increase the beds as per the requirement. Currently, there are 56 beds in use treating Covid-19 patients,” Singh said. India Today