BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Bannerjee on Thursday roped in all private hospitals and diagnostic centers in the state’s battle against coronavirus.
“Please form a Whatsapp group where all representatives of private hospitals, diagnostic centers will be there along with experts from state-run hospitals and the health department,” Mamata Bannerjee instructed chief secretary Rajiv Sinha.
According to the CM, the idea behind the move is to have good coordination between the state-run units and the private sector in these difficult times. On Thursday, she met representatives of state-run hospitals and private hospitals and diagnostic centres at Nabanna. She also wanted an isolation ward for coronavirus positive patients opened at a nursing home next to the Beliaghata ID Hospital.
Mamata Bannerjee also announced a quantum increase of beds for coronavirus positive cases in state-run hospitals, including the Belighata ID Hospital. The state government will keep aside 100 beds for coronavirus cases at the Beliaghata hospital. As of now, the state-run hospital has just 22 beds for coronavirus patients.
The M.R Bangur Hospital will also get 150 beds for coronavirus positive cases. Both Calcutta Medical College and RG Kar Medical College will get 50 beds each. The Rajarhat Chittaranjan Cancer hospital will get 500 beds for corona-positive cases.
“The state government has already ordered 300 ventilators, out of which 70 have been delivered to the state government. We have also ordered 2 lakh masks and 2 lakh gloves for healthcare professionals of state and private hospitals,” she said.
The chief minister also asked the police to be vigilant about the sudden increase of prices of essential commodities. “If anyone spreads rumors that shops and markets would be closed due to coronavirus scare and starts selling essential commodities at high prices, then he will not be spared. Police will take prompt action against such persons,” Mamata Banerjee said.