The hospital, primarily recognized for its authorized battle with the BMC and a multi-crore insolvency plea, might have develop into town’s unlikely saviour within the pandemic by dealing with a fifth of its Covid admissions. Final week, SevenHills accomplished admitting over 21,000 sufferers — the very best by any single Covid facility in Mumbai. “We knew this was the one facility that might be readied within the minimal attainable time. That call has paid off,” stated further municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani.
A day after the state reported its first two Covid circumstances on March 9, former civic chief Praveen Pardeshi toured the hospital and gave orders to deliver it to life. Although at all times touted as a 1,500-bed hospital, 306 beds had been ever arrange, of which solely 55 had been operating for the reason that hospital’s insolvency plea in 2018. Pardeshi’s temporary was not simply to activate 306 beds however to create 1,200 further ones speedily.
Mission ‘renew SevenHills’ began the very day Mumbai reported its first two Covid circumstances (March 11), with fundamentals like clearing particles from partially-constructed flooring. Officer-on-special-duty Dr Maharudra Kumbhar recalled no less than 350 vehicles of particles leaving the hospital campus that day. Labourers had been additionally greeted with some anticipated sights — over 50 snake carcasses had been discovered. There was no time to halt as within the subsequent 48 hours, the ward on the eighth flooring was to be thrown open as a quarantine facility. Lights, fan, kitchen, canteen providers to diagnostics and bio-medical waste disposal, the whole lot needed to be made useful.
As the primary worldwide traveller walked into the quarantine facility on March 14, information unfold and tons of of labourers fled. Work resumed after a lot cajoling however manpower remained one of many largest challenges until June, stated dean Dr Balkrishna Adsul. Non-public hospitals like HN Reliance joined in to handle wards and ICUs whereas Aditya Birla Basis, Jupiter Hospital chipped in with repairing beds and offering different tools.
Kumbhar stated the hospital had its edgiest day on June 16 when its oxygen capability needed to be augmented by including a 13 kilolitre tank, however that required the prevailing tank to be shut for 4 hours. “We had 350 sufferers on oxygen assist, however all went nicely,” stated Kumbhar.
SevenHills additionally noticed one of many highest Covid deaths amongst hospitals. Of the almost 3,000 ICU admissions, 44% succumbed. ICU in-charge Dr Rahul Sawalia stated they didn’t refuse any essential sufferers, together with from MMR, who got here with a number of comorbidities.
A bit of the BMC’s Covid expense, almost Rs 200 crore, has gone into respiration life into SevenHills. Kakani stated that whereas jumbo area hospitals could also be dismantled ultimately, SevenHills will proceed to be there for Covid care.