Maharashtra government has decided to make it compulsory for all
private hospitals to have an isolation ward. The move comes in view of the
rising cases of swine flu in the state.
Addressing a news conference, Sawant said new hospitals with 50 beds or more
will not be given permission to operate if they do not make a permanent
provision for an isolation ward.
The existing private hospitals have been given time till October to make
available an isolation ward, failing which the health department will take
action against them, he said.
Sawant, along with minister of state Ram Shinde, principal secretary Sujata
Saunik and director of health services Satish Pawar, were in the city to launch
a women's health programme at the District Civil Hospital in Aundh.