Admin calls a meeting for a decision on distribution of beds from COEP jumbo facility

PUNE Despite the jumbo hospital at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) closing ground since March 1, the district administration has yet to take a call on how the machines would be distributed among all government authorities in the city

PUNE Despite the jumbo hospital at College of Engineering Pune (COEP) closing ground since March 1, the district administration has yet to take a call on how the machines would be distributed among all government authorities in the city.

Set up at the initial cost of 75 crore in June 2020, when the city was in short supply of beds, the jumbo facility on COEP land, Shivajinagar had 800 beds – 600 oxygenated and 200 ICU beds. The contract for the hospital expired on March 28.

The district administration has now called for a meeting on Monday along with representatives of the three administrative authorities- Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Pune rural administration; to take a call on how the medical infrastructure would be distributed.

Pune municipal commissioner Vikram Kumar said: “Since the beds and other medical infrastructure need to be divided among PMC, PCMC and rural administration, the division has called on commissioner for a meeting on Monday to decide on this.”

According to a senior official, all beds are currently being moved to PMC’s New Baner Hospital where all machines will be packed until a final decision is made.

The COEP Jumbo facility has been a post of controversy with a high death toll in second-wave cases, while also treating more than 3,000 Covid-19 patients from August 2020 to February 2022, when it was definitively shut down, because it was no longer needed.

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