One of the leading private hospitals in Kolkata, AMRI Salt Lake has set up 51 beds for Covid-19 patients. Other than AMRI Salt Lake, the state-run MR Bangur Hospital has setup 1,100 beds, while the new complex of Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute has 192 beds, besides 82 more beds set up at the Infectious Diseases Hospital, Beleghata.
The four nodal Covid-19 hospitals have a total capacity of around 1,450 beds, informs the state health department. All these hospitals have been designated as “state-level” hospitals for treatment of Covid-19.
The state government has also named 59 hospitals that will only treat Covid-19 patients in the first phase, a large number of these being across different districts of West Bengal.
AMRI Salt Lake, along with three other “state-level” hospitals will act as referral units. As per a health department official, patients from other Covid-19 hospitals can be brought there for treatment.
Talking about the development, a health official said, “These four hospitals have better infrastructure to treat patients, more ventilators compared to most hospitals in the districts. Hence, they have been designated as state-level hospitals where patients from across Bengal may be referred to.”
“A person with fever or other symptoms like sore throat and cough can come to the clinics at these hospitals. The patient can consult a doctor if she/he has fever, respiratory trouble or cough,” he added.
According to an official from AMRI Salt Lake, the hospital’s annexe building was pledged and has been taken over by the state health department and converted into a Covid-19 hospital. The treatment of all other patients is being carried out in the Main building of AMRI Hospital-Salt Lake.
As per a notice issued by the health department, a person suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) not yet tested for Covid-19 or one who has tested positive for Covid-19 (SARI or otherwise) with moderate to severe symptoms would be sent to MR Bangur Hospital.
Patients with “Covid-19-like symptoms but who have not yet been tested”, or those who have tested positive, but are at low-risk, will be sent to CNCI, New Town. On the other hand, the ID Hospital and AMRI Hospitals Salt Lake will deal with patients “who have been tested positive for Covid-1 9” and has “significant” morbidities.