Mumbai Port has converted its 100-bed hospital into a 120-bed COVID and 25-bed Non- COVID facility for its nearly one lakh employees, pensioners and their families. Since the beginning of the lockdown, the hospital has treated 333 Corona positive patients. There have been 37 deaths.
In order to review the hospital arrangements, boost the morale of the health workers in the COVID wards and to check the status of the 102 ( 72 positive and 32 suspected) patients, Sanjay Bhatia, IAS, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust along with senior doctors visited the COVID wards and the COVID ICUs. Wearing a full PPE suit, he spent nearly one and half hours with the patients, the doctors and nurses in the COVID wards. Bhatia said, “I could see the surprise and delight in the patients’ eyes that someone had come to meet them in the COVID19 wards. A patient who worked as a security guard got out of his bed, stood straight and saluted. I was impressed by the dedication with which the nurses were working.” Bhatia was told that the nurses practise meditation regularly. However, he felt helpless and disheartened to see the patients in ICU wards were in bad shape.
“The way the number of patients is increasing day by day, there is a dire need to increase the ICUs and number of beds with oxygen facilities. Overall, my respects to the COVID warriors who are working tirelessly in such difficult circumstances”, he added.