As many as 4,482 of the 8,222 Covid beds at different dedicated Covid health centres (DCHCs), Covid care centres (CCCs) and dedicated Covid hospitals (DCHs) within municipal limits of Aurangabad are lying vacant amid the decline in the number of fresh cases.
Aurangabad limits have 1,359 active cases. In addition, 1,139 beds with oxygen are unoccupied reducing the burden on the health machinery. However, the dearth of ventilators continues to some extent with only seven such devices available within the city.
While the drop in fresh cases is relatively more within municipal limits of Aurangabad as compared to the rural areas at present, authorities said extended lockdown-like situation till June 1 was expected to further bring the situation under control.
“The concerted efforts for around one month have resulted in reducing of the burden on the health machinery. The multi-pronged strategy involving large-scale Covid testing and mass vaccination will continue in the coming days to further contain the spread of Covid,” Dr Neeta Padalkar, health officer of the Aurangabad Municipal Corporation.
Health authorities said people should not become complacent and also be patient in the ongoing battle against Covid-19.
Aurangabad district reported 665 fresh cases on Friday, which included 218 cases from municipal limits of Aurangabad. The district also recorded 33 Covid deaths, which included 19 deaths at Government Medical College and Hospital, Aurangabad, 12 at private hospitals and two at the district civil hospital. The district as a whole has 6,991 active cases, show official data.
Meanwhile, the district administration has said it has sufficient stock of medical oxygen to cater to the need of Covid patients from both urban and rural areas. “The private hospitals and state-run hospitals need 31 tonne and 18 tonne oxygen currently. We have sufficient stock to fulfil the demand,” an official release said.