First Jumbo Covid Hospital opened in Pune at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) with 800 beds including 600 oxygen and 200 ICU beds. Maharashtra’s Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray inaugurated the Hospital through Video Conferencing. The facility will be functional from 25th August.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that he wished that people remained healthy by following all precautions so that the new “jumbo” Covid-19 hospital would remain “unused”, he also said that the state government will not ignore the Covid-19 pandemic situation and be prepared to handle a “second wave” of the infection.
Chief Minister said, “Pune has its first jumbo facility set up within a short span of time. Also, one to two jumbo facilities would be inaugurated within a week”.
Uddhav Thackeray further added, “I want to make it clear that we cannot remain ignorant. The situation in Mumbai was under control but we cannot sit idle. It has been noticed everywhere that after the first wave, there is a second wave of infection. Initially, everyone was running around to control it but the facility would definitely be more helpful in tackling the situation in future.”
“It is being speculated that the vaccine will be ready by December, which means everyone has to continue to live in present conditions for the next four months,” he said.
CM also said that the state government is increasing the testing of Covid-19 across the state and they are also working in reducing the cost of the test and treatment.
Suhas Diwase, PMRDA commissioner, said the facility had been set up in a record time with 1,000 Labourer working day and night to complete it. “There have been hurdles such as heavy rain and other technical glitches, but we managed to set up in record time with the support of all,”
Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said “It will help reduce fatality rate. There was a need for more oxygen beds and ventilators for the purpose, which would increase with jumbo facilities.”
Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar said that the similar facility will be inaugurated on August 27th at Annasaheb Magar ground in Pimpri-Chinchwad and another 250-bed facility
Deputy CM added,“A month ago, a decision was made to set up three jumbo facilities in the district, but now we will only start two facilities,”