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    Vadodara District Collector Shalini Agarwal on Tuesday held a video conference with taluka health officers and medical officers of health centers.

    She gave detailed guidance on increasing the number of recognized Covid hospitals and available beds and Covid  Care centers as well as the number of beds, especially in the rural areas of the district.

     The aim is to make the treatment avaliable for the patients at rural area and do not have to be brought to Vadodara. She directed that the plan to increase the facility and capacity of Covid treatment be completed by the end of September.

    According to the information given by the Health Branch of the District Panchayat, at present there are 4 existing Covid Care Centers in Vadodara, Dabhoi, Padra and Savli talukas of the district with a bed capacity of 120 each.

    As per the instructions of the District Collector, now one each in Karjan, Shinor and Savli, a total of 3 new Covid Care Centers will be started and the number will increase to 7.

    The district currently has a combined care center with 60 beds in Vadodara taluka, 20 in Dabhoi, 15 in Padra and 25 in Savli for a total of 120 beds.

    Under the new plan, bed capacity will be increased by 40 in existing Center in Vadodara taluka and new centres consists of 30 in Karjan, 80 in Dabhoi, 15 in Padra, 30 in Shinor and 75 in Savli. Thus, with the availability of 390 (120 + 270) beds in 7 Covid Care Centers in rural areas, the facilities will increase in rural areas.

    At present there are 2 recognised hospitals in Vadodara taluka, 2 in Karjan, 1 in Dabhoi and 3 in Padra for the treatment of Covid patients  in the rural areas of the district. A total bed capacity of 200 beds consists of 42 beds in Vadodara taluka, 68 in Karjan, 20 in Dabhoi and 70 in Padra is there in accredited hospitals.

    Under the expansion plan, 2 new hospitals in Vadodara taluka, 1 each in Karjan, Dabhoi, Padra and 2 in Shinor will add to the existing ones. With these seven hospitals the number reaches 15 in the district.

    With the increase in bed capacity of recognised hospitals to 60 in Vadodara taluka, 26 in Karjan, 22 in Dabhoi, 55 in Padra and 30 in Shinor, a total of 393 (200 + 193) beds will be available for treatment.

    Chief District Health Officer Dr. Uday Tilawat said that the work of expansion of Covid Care and treatment facility will be completed by the end of this month as per the instructions of the Collector.

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