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70% beds in private Covid hospitals in Ghaziabad are occupied, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Sep 29, 2020

GHAZIABAD: With an average of 180 Covid-19 cases being reported on a daily basis in Ghaziabad this month, more Covid-19 patients are opting for hospitalisation as compared to home isolation.

Data released by the health department showed that on Sunday 54% of active patients were admitted to hospitals, while only 38% of active cases were in home isolation. Of the 1,835 active patients on Sunday, 995 were in institutional isolation while 690 were recuperating at homes. Officials said that about 70% of beds in private Covid-designated hospitals are occupied, while the average percentage of bed occupancy in government hospitals is around 40%.

Among the government facilities, ESIC Hospital and District Combined Hospital — both designated at L-2 level — have 76 and 100 beds respectively. There is also one L-3 facility, Santosh Hospital, with 400-bed capacity.

On Sunday, 63 patients were admitted to ESIC hospital, 57 at District Combined Hospital and 88 patients at Santosh hospital. Likewise, of the 761 beds in 11 private hospitals 510 beds were occupied on Sunday, officials added. There are 131 beds in the ICU category in these private hospitals.

A senior health official said, “Although there has been a significant increase in cases this month, the silver lining is that only a minuscule percentage are admitted in ICU. On Sunday, only six patients were admitted in ICU while 31 were on oxygen therapy.”

So far, nine deaths have been reported from the district in September, with officials claiming that one of the deceased is a resident of Gautam Budh Nagar and it has been cross-notified.

Meanwhile, officials said that active patients are being encouraged to opt for institutional isolation rather than the home facility to avoid complications at a later stage. “We have enough beds in both private and government hospitals and are well-prepared to treat the patients. In the coming days, more private hospitals will be roped in to treat Covid patients,” they added.

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