The state has prepared nearly 1.9 lakh hospital beds in government and private hospitals, as well as medical colleges, in anticipation of the third wave of COVID-19 infections. This is nearly a third of the 1. 4 lakh beds available in the second wave. As per health department data, the number of ventilator beds has increased by 23%, from 4,976 in the second wave to 6,123 now.
Average admissions have increased from 20 to 70 patients a day in Bengaluru. There were 719 Covid admissions in the city between December 23, 2021, and January 5, 2022.144 in government hospitals and Covid Care Centres and 575 in private facilities. There are 25,00030,000 private hospital beds in Bengaluru alone.
Approximately 15-20% of beds in state-run facilities can be used for pediatric patients. However, the number of healthcare workers has stayed unchanged, including doctors, nurses, and specialists. Other members of the department will begin assisting right away. The order further stated that by January 7, private hospitals in the state must surrender 50% of their total beds to the government. Private hospitals and nursing homes have been critical of the government’s approach