(Eds: Adds quotes) Pune, Sep 21 (PTI) Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said the number of beds for COVID-19 treatment in Sassoon General Hospital in Pune would be almost doubled.
Tope, who is on a two-day tour here, also said the process of recruiting doctors for the facility will be expedited.
'We currently have 450 beds at Sassoon for COVID-19 patients. We have decided to raise it to 850. There are 607 doctors, including professors, associate professors, assistant professors and residential doctors, at Sassoon. We want a majority of them to be deployed for COVID-19 treatment,' he said.
Tope said despite offering remuneration of Rs 2.25 lakh, doctors were not turning up though the facility needs over 200 doctors, adding that applications would be invited again.
He also clarified that the state government had no intention of capping the volume of medical oxygen used by each patient, but added it should be used 'judiciously'.
The state government recently issued a notification as per which oxygen usage for normal beds must be restricted to seven litres and for ICU beds it should be 12 litres.
'It is a doctor's right to decide on the usage of oxygen on the patient. However, we have said it should be done judiciously and there must not be wastage. We are also withdrawing one of the points in the notification,' Tope said.
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