Coronavirus Pandemic: KEM Hospital Starts Testing Samples
In a bid to reduce the load on Kasturba Hospital, civic-run King Edward Memorial (KEM) Hospital has also started a testing centre for Coronavirus. With 42 positive cases in the state and 7 in Mumbai, several civic-run hospitals are taking precautionary steps to tackle the outbreak. According to the officials, KEM Hospital in Parel can handle 150 tests per day as compared to 100 tests per day in Chinchpokli's Kasturba Hospital. Moreover, BMC is also planning to start treatment/quarantine centres at Cooper Hospital in Juhu and Shatabdi Hospital in Kandivali.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) hospitals claim that they are ready to handle situations, in case of an emergency. More than a 100 beds have been arranged and kept in isolation wards at Rajawadi Hospital in Ghatkopar, KB Bhabha Hospital in Bandra, KB Bhabha Municipal Hospital in Kurla and Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Trauma Care in Jogeshwari.
Additionally, 24 health teams consisting of six members are deployed at every ward to monitor patients who may show symptoms of Coronavirus. Two teams will be deployed at the international airport to monitor the situation around the clock. State Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated that another laboratory will be set up at JJ Hospital.
Here's the list of quarantined locations:
- Confederation of Real Estate Developers' Associations of India (CREDAI)-Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI) has been tasked with identifying and designating 4-5 ideal buildings as quarantine locations if required.
- The Seven Hills Hospital building at Andheri East is proposed to be a quarantine facility and is being equipped with facilities for the same.
- The MCGM Centre for Municipal Capacity Building and Research (MCMCR) building at Chandivali, Powai is yet another spot being prepared for quarantine in case of an emergency.