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Housing complexes in Kolkata join hands with hospitals to run isolation units

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The bed crisis in hospitals has led to many fully-equipped isolation units being set up in common facilities like clubs, community halls and guest houses in housing complexes.

Equipped with oxygen support and other basic medical facilities, the complexes are also tying up with hospitals for medical advice and support to run these units efficiently.
Siddha Pines, a housing complex in Rajarhat, has tied up with Charnock hospital to put things in order after a Covid patient from the complex had a trying time getting a hospital bed. Though the patient was finally admitted to a government facility in Naihati, the experience served as a wakeup call and led to the decision to turn the complex guest house into a Covid isolation centre.

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“We have tied up with Charnock Hospital for medical support and advice. Trained nurses and attendants are being arranged,” said the housing association secretary Manav Mehera.
At Greenwood Sonata, a complex in New Town, 400 families have contributed Rs 10,000-Rs 15,000 each to set up a five-bed facility with attendants, oxygen cylinders, PPE kits, a washing machine, refrigerator, TV and AC, said the complex president, Sudipta Mukherjee.

At Udita off the EM Bypass, the residents’ association has stocked up on oxygen cylinders for use by residents if the need arises. “Last year, we were planning to make an isolation centre but had shelved the idea as the infection curve dropped. We are reviving it. A hospital tie-up is not a problem,” said D Nath, president of Udita.

At South City, where oxygen cylinders have also been stocked, the complex club is likely to get converted into a Covid facility, said its association president, Manoj Gupta.

Utalika, where 200 families live, has identified space and is taking advice from Medica Superspeciality Hospital to set up the facility. Neighbouring Urbana is also doing the same with empty apartments being utilised with owners’ permission. “I was unable to arrange a bed for my friend’s father as two hospitals told me that there are 12 and 10 patients waiting in ambulances and trolley,” said Snehendu Koner, a Covid research facilitator of a clinical research company that is into vaccine making.

Source: Times of India

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