Gurugram: The Covid-19 cases of Gurugram are expected to reach 1.5 lakh by July-end. At this time, the district administration has started looking for places to turn them into makeshift healthcare centers. These places can also be used as quarantine centers. The Gurugram banquet halls are considered useful for this.
VS Kundu, Chief of Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA), has said that teams have been constituted to survey convention centers and banquet halls situated in the city. The survey should find out how many patients will be able to get accommodated in each of these places.
Kundu said that in the times to come, there might be a need for more COVID beds. If such a need arises, then convention halls will be converted to temporary hospitals and will be used as healthcare facilities.
The official also said that sewer lines which are temporary will also be set up in such facilities. Makeshift toilets will also be constituted. Before patients are admitted to these centers, basic requirements such as proper water supply will be ensured.
Kundu said that people should not worry about the shortage of hospital beds in the city. The government is monitoring the situation daily and will make arrangements.
These arrangements are being made keeping the worst-case scenario in mind, according to Kundu. According to a projection released last week, cases will reach 35,000 in June, 1.5 lakh in July and 2.5 lakh in the following month if the cases continue to double at the current rate.
Considering the fact of these cases, even if only 12% need to be admitted, the city will require 4,200 beds by the month-end, 18,000 beds by July, and 30,000 beds in August.
The data, which was shared last week revealed that at present, the city has 4,600 beds.
These projections are to be used to assess the worst-case scenario. The number of cases will probably not reach these points.
Over a period, the doubling rate falls, because an increased number of cases expands the base.
The officials said that no stone was being left unturned by the administration to make arrangements for health infrastructure. The government might also consider turning the vacant buildings into dormitories along the Southern Peripheral Road, Dwarka Expressway and Sohna Road.
Some hotels are already being used by the government as paid quarantine centers.