Vadodara: With a steady rise in the number of Covid-19 patients being rushed to the city from neighbouring districts, attempts are being made to ensure that these patients are treated in their respective district itself. Vadodara itself has seen a major surge in the number of patients.
The trend had started emerging since last month itself and a video conference of collectors of the districts from where patients were reaching Vadodara was conducted. But the trend has continued, putting pressure on hospitals in the city that are already packed.
Officer on special duty for Covid-19 Vinod Rao said that the patients from districts bordering Vadodara or located close by, used to come late after a referral from a local hospital. These patients usually occupied ICU beds in the city hospitals.
In an attempt to ensure that patients get treatment locally, all Covid hospitals, oxygen beds and ICU beds in the region had been mapped in nine districts. The information will be linked with the VMC portal to get real-time online information regarding the availability of beds.
Rao said that this information will be integrated with the108 ambulances and patients will be taken by these ambulances to nearby hospitals with available beds.
For instance, patients from Bharuch can be taken to Ankleshwar instead of Vadodara or patients from Anklav and Bhadran can be taken to Karamsad or Anand instead of Vadodara.
Besides reducing the pressure on Vadodara, the administration is also expected to ensure early treatment of patients.