More than half of Covid-19 beds vacant in Aurangabad


As many as
4,482 of the 8,222 Covid beds at different dedicated Covid health centres
(DCHCs), Covid care centres (CCCs) and dedicated Covid hospitals (DCHs) within
municipal limits of Aurangabad 
are lying vacant amid the
decline in the number of fresh cases.

Aurangabad limits have 1,359 active cases. In
addition, 1,139 beds with oxygen are unoccupied reducing the burden on the
health machinery. However, the dearth of ventilators continues to some extent
with only seven such devices available within the city.

While the drop in fresh cases is relatively more
within municipal limits of Aurangabad as compared to the rural areas at
present, authorities said extended lockdown-like situation till June 1 was
expected to further bring the situation under control.

“The concerted efforts for around one month have
resulted in reducing of the burden on the health machinery. The multi-pronged
strategy involving large-scale Covid testing and mass vaccination will continue
in the coming days to further contain the spread of Covid,” Dr Neeta Padalkar,
health officer of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation.


Health authorities said people should not become
complacent and also be patient in the ongoing battle against Covid-19.

Aurangabad district reported 665 fresh cases on
Friday, which included 218 cases from municipal limits of Aurangabad. The
district also recorded 33 Covid deaths, which included 19 deaths at Government
Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, 12 at private hospitals and two at
the district civil hospital. The district as a whole has 6,991 active cases,
show official data.

Meanwhile, the district administration has said
it has sufficient stock of medical oxygen to cater to the need of Covid
patients from both urban and rural areas. “The private hospitals and state-run
hospitals need 31 tonne and 18 tonne oxygen currently. We have sufficient stock
to fulfil the demand,” an official release said.


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