3.7 increase in hospitals bed of Gujarat

  • | Saturday | 31st July, 2021

 Between April 2020 – just the start of the pandemic – and March 2021, Gujarat had added 11,142 new beds, increasing the numbers 3.7-fold from 4,061.

After the second wave covid-19 revealed the holes in the healthcare infrastructure of the country, it is very important that we prepare ourselves for the possible third wave of the covid 19.

An answer in the Rajya Sabha revealed that Gujarat had 15,203 oxygen beds in March 2021, just before the second wave of Covid-19 pandemic struck the country.

 Between April 2020 – just the start of the pandemic – and March 2021, Gujarat had added 11,142 new beds, increasing the numbers 3.7-fold from 4,061.

Comparing the number with other states and India reveals that it was one of the lowest rises in bed numbers – nationally the number of beds increased 4.3-fold – from 62,458 to 2.7 lakh.

Madhya Pradesh recorded an increase of 19 times, whereas for Telangana it was a 10-fold rise.

While state health commissioner Jai Prakash Shivahare was not available for comment, an affidavit by the state government in high court had mentioned the available number of oxygen beds at 61,000 in June, which the state government claimed to have increased to 1.1 lakh in preparation for the third wave.

The number of existing beds could not be ascertained. The same answer mentioned a four-fold rise in ICU beds in Gujarat in one year from 1,292 to 5,070.


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