Mumbai: The Centre has inquired the Maharashtra Government to extend the number of oxygen ventilator and ICU beds for the treatment of the burgeoning number of Covid-19 patients in the state. Agreeing to an advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health, the number of dynamic COVID cases will reach 17 lakh by mid-October from the current 12.63 lakh. The number of patients in Bhandara, Chandrapur, Gondia, and Gadchiroli in the Vidarbha region are likely to double whereas Wardha, Akola, Hingoli, and Jalna areas too are anticipated to see a considerable increment in the number of COVID-19 patients.

Thackeray said the State Government had made it required for medical oxygen makers to supply 80% of their yield to the health segment and 20% for industrial use. Tankers carrying oxygen have concurred ‘ambulance’ status. A separate control room has been set up to keep an eye on the deficiency of medical oxygen reported in different areas and increment availability.

The health ministry’s advisory is pivotal as 20,000-24,000 cases are being reported in the state each day. The ministry is concerned about the rising burden of cases in Mumbai, Thane, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Sangli, and Kolhapur. As of date, clinics in Maharashtra have 56,356 oxygen beds, 18,785 ICU beds, and 9,398 ventilators. With the increasing number of corona patients, the health ministry has inquired the State Government to include 7,355 beds. The ministry has too demanded that the state must step up everyday testing which are 383 per million.

“On September 22, 1.05 lakh tests were conducted. In spite of the fact that the State Government is thoroughly tracing, testing, and tracking treatment model, the health ministry needs it to extend the pace,’’ said a senior official from the state public health department. The ministry anticipates that the city and district administration ought to follow, track, and test at least 20 contacts of Covid-19 patients. The ministry hopes that the state government, through ‘My Family, My Responsibility’ will increase the testing of contacts to combat the virus.

Tele-ICU, post-COVID treatment centres to be set up Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, in a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi reported that the State Government would set up Tele-ICU and post-COVID-19 treatment centres in rural areas for on-time treatment. He guaranteed the PM that the State Government would step up testing to 1.5 lakh per day from the current 80,000, with the rise in testing offices and laboratories.

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The official said that the health ministry has cautioned that for the need for adequate beds, COVID 19 patients will suffer and this may increase the number of deaths. The progressive deaths have crossed the 33,000-mark, now being 33,886 with a casualty rate of 2.68%. He said the health ministry has brought to the take note of the State Government that in spite of an increment in the number of testing laboratories, Covid-19 tests are not conducting at full capacity.  He noted that the ministry has inquired the State Government to pay more consideration to this front.