Kolkata: Since the number of COVID-19 cases increased in West Bengal, the private hospitals are running out of beds.
According to the Health report, COVID-19 cases doubled today. The state has announced a fresh lockdown and almost half of the private hospital has no space for COVID-19 patients.
As per the recent data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare report, 1,198 new COVID-19 cases in the state Friday evening, 374 of them in Kolkata. 26 people died in the last 24 hours in the state, raising the death count to 880.
Likewise, as much as 73 per cent of COVID-19 beds in government hospitals were vacant but in private hospitals, only 14 per cent beds were empty.
In number terms, government hospitals have 10830 beds and, 7904 vacant. Private hospitals have 1,423 beds, 206 are vacant
While briefing to the media, Dr Koushik Lahiri of the West Bengal Doctors Forum said, “Last night only 191 beds were available. Why this is happening? Somehow they don’t have confidence in the government. They should have. Government doctors are excellent but somehow there is a lack of confidence in government set up.”