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Navi Mumbai: PMC to obtain Kalamboli COVID-19 health centre by next week - See Pics

05:46 PM Sep 25, 2021 | Amit Srivastava

A jumbo COVID-19 health centre with over 500 oxygen beds has been set up at Kalamboli and will be used by the Panvel Municipal Corporation (PMC).

The COVID-19 care centre is equipped with an ICU facility which will be used for a possible third wave of COVID-19.

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Dr Anand Gosavi, chief medical health officer of PMC confirmed that the civic body would get to use the jumbo COVID-19 care centre from next week. “The COVID-19 Care Centre developed by CIDCO is ready with all facilities and the PMC will get it for operation by next week,” said Dr Gosavi.

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As per the NITI Aayog report, the third wave of COVID-19 may hit by October and the number of new cases can be more than the second wave.

PMC which mostly relied upon private hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients during the first and the second wave of COVID-19 will now use the jumbo COVID-19 care centre in Kalamboli for treatment of patients in the future.

The centre has fully air-conditioned rooms, 635 general beds, 505 oxygen beds, 125 ICU beds, 25 pediatric ICU beds and 24 beds for the mother’s lounge. “The jumbo COVID-19 care centre has access control system, contactless clinics, public address system, WiFi, hot water facility, RO/UV units for drinking water, X-ray facility, ECG facility, liquid medical oxygen plant, D type medical oxygen cylinders, portable oxygen concentrators among other facilities,” said a senior CIDCO official.

PMC chief Ganesh Deshmukh along with CIDCO officials had visited the centre on September 6 to check the ongoing work at the jumbo centre.

The COVID-19 care centre with over 500 oxygen beds was set up by CIDCO on directions from Eknath Shinde, Urban Development minister of Maharashtra. The Jumbo COVID-19 care centre has been set up at the Godown of Cotton Corporation of India (CCI) in Kalamboli.

Like other parts of the state, the Panvel area too witnessed a sharp rise in positive cases of COVID 19 and the available infrastructures are falling short. The Panvel region does not have adequate facilities for COVID-19 patients’ treatment and the district administration and local body have to rely on private hospitals.

The CCI godown was taken over by the revenue department for setting up a dedicated COVID-19 care centre.

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