Mumbai: With the outbreak of H1N1 pandemic, the Bombay Municipality Commission has now allowed the screening of swine flu in 14 private hospitals across Mumbai, which is a big relief for Mumbaikars.
These include Bombay Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital in South Mumbai.
Private Hospitals are required to follow strict guidelines, such as having a separate entrance for patients with H1N1 to prevent them from coming into contact with other patients at the hospital.
"Even the doctors, nurses and ward boys attending to them cannot come in contact with other patients. We don't have centralised AC. The ward is on the fifteenth floor and is well ventilated naturally, plus their are ceiling fans in all rooms," said Bombay Hospital, Dr Ashish Tiwari.
Some prominent hospitals which will collect samples include Hinduja, Nanavati, Kokilaben and Wokhardt. Together all these hospitals will add at least a 140 beds to treat H1N1 patients.
Here is a list of private hospitals where one can get tested:
"Given that Mumbai has a large population, it's good that such facilities are now available at more places," said a resident.
"This should have happened long ago. You can't expect one government hospital to handle cases from all over Mumbai," said another resident.
"These centres are spead across the city, so you can go to the nearest centre instead of just one at Kasturba," added another resident.
However, these extra collection centres will only add to the woes of the Government run Haffkine Institute, which is the only H1N1 testing facility in Mumbai and it's already struggling to avoid a backlog.