PONDA: The Herald report highlighting the plight of Mardol family members, who were deprived of hearse, has finally caught the attention of the State authorities, who on Tuesday, made arrangements for the same.
It may be recalled the Mardol family was allegedly deprived of a hearse by Ponda Sub District Hospital to transport the body of their COVID decease member at Mardol crematorium, thereby forcing them to struggle to hire a private hearse. Taking cognizance of the news report, the Ponda Sub District Hospital and Deputy Collector on Tuesday held a discussion on the issue.
Later, speaking to Herald Sub District Hospital Dr Vikas Kuvelkar informed that the hearse van has been arranged to shift the body for COVID related deaths. On Sunday, the hospital reported its first COVID death.”
When asked about the oxygen facilities at the Sub District COVID hospital for the patients, Dr Kuvelkar said, “The Sub District Hospital has been fully equipped with oxygen cylinders along with proper medical facilities provided for the COVID patients. We are keeping extra 50 cylinders standby for emergency. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant two days ago also visited and also took review of the oxygen and medical facility’s availability.”
“Around 145 COVID patients are taking treatment and out of it around 70 are supplied with oxygen,” said Dr Kuvelkar.
“Around more five beds are vacant for the COVID patients,” he added.
He said, “On Tuesday one youth Adarsh Toraskar from Prabunagar-Ponda has provided trolley to the Sub District Hospital for smooth unloading, handling of oxygen cylinders.”
Meanwhile, huge rush was witnessed for COVID testing at Sub District Hospital after rise of COVID cases at various places in Ponda Taluka. When asked on the situation, Dr Kuvelkar said, “The Sub District Hospital has engaged one more microbiologist that has helped us to deliver the RTPC test reports at the earliest within a day.”