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Mumbai: BMC to resume 3 jumbo COVID Care Centres in August

According to reports, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has asked the officials to begin preparations to resume operations of Mumbai’s three jumbo COVID-19 centres — Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC), Mulund and Dahisar — in a phased manner from mid-August.

The civic body has been incurring a cost of INR 2-5 crores to maintain these centres, which were shut in May for repair and upgrade.

This decision has been taken to operationalise at least 20-25 per cent of the beds in these centres in the coming weeks amid the fear of a possible third wave of coronavirus and rising delta plus variant cases.

BMC additional commissioner Suresh Kakani also confirmed that the three jumbos would start operating soon and will take in a few hundred patients each.

The idea is to keep the centres functional in the event of a surge in cases. It is better to have a running system and not having to jump-start, he further stated.

With the relaxations given since August 3, there is a possible case that could see a marginal increase after 10-12 days, a civic official said.

Meanwhile, at present, three jumbo centres — Richardson and Cruddas in Byculla, Nesco in Goregaon and NSCI in Worli — are operational and handle all mild and moderate admissions.

Besides, SevenHills hospital in Marol is catering to moderate and critical cases.

Moreover, in preparation for the third wave, four new field hospitals are coming up in Malad, the Somaiya grounds in Sion, the racecourse in Mahalaxmi and in Kanjurmarg. In all, the BMC plans to create nearly 20,000 jumbo centre beds.

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