Uddhav insists for a dedicated hospital for infectious diseases

CM Uddhav Thackeray

Mumbai: The Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray insisted for a permanent dedicated hospital in Maharashtra for infectious diseases, like COVID-19.

Thackeray had urged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for helping the state government to set up a permanent infectious diseases hospital near Mumbai during a video-conference last week.

Thackeray said that he wants to set up a permanent infectious disease hospital near Mumbai, where people will be admitted for treatment and simultaneously research can also be conducted. “I need your support and help for its construction,” he pleaded.

Justifying it, he said, “We are trying to live with the coronavirus crisis. But this is not the last outbreak of the virus. There have been indications of possible virus outbreak in the world in the last 10 years, but we all remained self-centred. It is the time to make some preparations for similar future challenges.”

Speaking at the commissioning ceremony of a 371-bed COVID-19 facility hospital at Mira Bhayander in Thane district on Monday, he said such dedicated hospital is now a hour of need.