BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: With coronavirus cases in West Bengal rising by the day, the government has decided to turn the state-run Calcutta Medical College and Hospital into a super-specialty hospital meant to treat only COVID-19 patients.
On Tuesday, three more people tested positive for coronavirus. Two of them have been admitted to the Beliaghata ID hospital while the other is undergoing treatment at the SSKM Hospital. In West Bengal, a total of 9 persons have been found to be coronavirus positive. One person died on Monday at the private AMRI hospital.
The state government has already set up a special ward with 300 beds at a new building inside the Medical College and Hospital premises to treat coronavirus- infected patients. Since the government is is apprehending more cases in the near future and to handle the pandemic situation, health authorities have decided to gradually turn the hospital into one meant only for COVID-19 patients.
The state government feels that once this is done, there will be at least 3,000 beds for coronavirus patients. The state government has already directed the Medical College and Hospital authorities to shift the existing patients to different state-run hospital in the city within the next seven days.
Sources in the state health department said that Beliaghata ID Hospital is overburdened with suspected coronavirus cases. More and more people are turning up at the hospital to get themselves tested for the virus. In such a situation, it is becoming increasingly difficult for the doctors to handle such volumes.