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In a week, all hospitals must have 10% beds for Covid patients: BBMP
In the next one week, all hospitals must have 10% of beds for Covid patients. As the situation demands, the percentage of beds will be increased,” said a BBMP officer. At Trauma and Emergency Care Centre on Victoria Hospital campus attached to Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, 150 of the 162 Covid beds are occupied, said Dr Smitha Segu, nodal officer. The medical college is working on setting up a 130-bed Covid facility at ‘C’ block of Victoria Hospital.
At a recent meeting with prominent hospitals and medical colleges, the Karnataka health and family welfare department asked hospitals to reserve 10% of their total beds for Covid cases. Currently, government hospitals are largely used for severe Covid patients. Unlike last year, private hospital beds for Covid will be used in a staggered manner.
Covid wards in major hospitals in Bengaluru are nearly full, despite 80% of the cases in the second wave are asymptomatic and require only home isolation. In a 1,000-bed hospital, 10% of the beds are for intensive care. In Covid care for severe patients, at least 40-50% beds should be in ICUs, doctors said.
With Covid-19 cases steadily increasing in Bengaluru, a majority of the hospitals treating the infections said most of their beds are occupied and doctors fear demand for ICU beds could throw up infrastructure and human resources challenges in the coming days.