Mumbai administration on Thursday said the city hospitals will use luxury hotels to treat Covid-19 patients with milder infections. The decision was taken to ramp up the healthcare facilities as the city is witnessing a huge surge in Covid-19 infections. Two hotels will start functioning as extensions of private hospitals from today.
Private hospitals will tie-up with four-star and five-star hotels to accommodate patients with milder symptoms and those who don’t need critical. Doctors will approve the patients and their transfers from hospitals to hotels.
As per the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the hotels designated as step-down facilities where minimum medical intervention is required for Covid patients will act as extensions of major private hospitals. The hotels will need a minimum of 20 rooms for Covid patients and will have medical services including doctor consultations, medicines, nurses, and ambulance transfer.
Hospitals can charge up to ₹ 4,000 for these facilities and ₹ 6,000 for a room if anyone is staying with the patient. Covid positive people who are asymptomatic can also use these hotels, said the BMC.
Mumbai reported 9,931 new cases of Covid-19 infections and 54 deaths on Wednesday.
A public health department notice said it is seen that many beds in private hospitals are occupied by patients who do not require emergency medical intervention, such patients can be effectively and adequately managed at isolation facilities such as step-down facilities.