Maha: Health Minister assures 500-bed medical college and hospital in Kalyan
"The proposed facility will also have beds reserved for free treatment for patients from low-income groups.," Health Minister Rajesh Tope said.
Mumbai: In a major relief to the medical staff in the twin-cities of Kalyan-Dombivli, the state is set to construct a medical college and hospital, confirmed the Maharashtra Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Rajesh Tope in his visit to Kalyan to review the coronavirus situation.
Tope seemed satisfied with the progress and noted improvement in recovery and flattened curve in the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) jurisdiction in comparison to the situation in September. The area had turned into a hotspot of the contagion as 600 new cases, the cases are now remarkably down.
As of November 9, Monday, a total of 80 new cases were reported in the latest data of the civic body.
"We are paying attention to the healthcare infrastructure in urban areas. We have decided to give permission to use the reserved plots under the KDMC's jurisdiction, where a 500-bed medical college and hospital will be built under the public-private partnership (PPP) mode. The proposed facility will also have beds reserved for free treatment for patients from low-income groups. KDMC has shown interest in developing the hospital under the PPP mode," Tope told The Hindustan Times.
"The Covid-19 situation in Kalyan and Dombivli, which was once a hotspot of the viral outbreak, is under control. The case fatality rate (CFR) is low at 1.99%, and the doubling and the recovery rate is 300 and 96%, respectively. The positivity rate is also very low. New Covid-19 daily cases, which were 600 till September, have fallen below 100. The civic body's efforts have come good," he added.
Reportedly, the Ministry is prepared for the rise in coronavirus-infected cases as Diwali celebration approaches, in view of which Tope has already issued directions to the civic body authorities implementing precautionary measures to contain the spread of the viral outbreak.
Meanwhile, KDMC has requested the appointment of a medical officer and a physician of which the Health Minister took note of and agreed to follow up on.