In view of the growing number of COVID-19 patients in Delhi-NCR, once again Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday is going to reopen a 500-bed hospital located near the New Delhi Domestic Airport Terminal T1.
Confirming this to Financial Express Online, Narendra Arya, official spokesperson of DRDO on Saturday said, “This facility will come up at the same place as it was last year. In February this was shut down, however, by Monday 250 beds will be ready and the balance 250 beds will be ready soon.” Let us take a look at some of the other images and key features of super facility arrangements by DRDO:
Who can avail this facility?
Anyone who has RTPCR Covid positive report. An Aadhar card will be necessary. This is absolutely free
Treatment at DRDO hospital to have ventilators & Oxygen
Yes! According to the official spokesperson at the facility which has been set up by DRDO, there will be a medical team led by Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS). (Image courtesy: DRDO.
“There will be a large number of monitoring equipment, ventilators, basic testing facilities, and air-conditioning as per the WHO standards,” Mr Arya told Financial Express Online.
And, “in case of the neuro or cardiac cases, these will be referred to the Delhi based All India Institute of Medical Sciences,” he added late Saturday evening.
According to him, the facility will be commanded by Major General SS Bhatia of the Army Medical Corps and there will be a medical team of DGAFMS and as well as doctors from Central Armed Police Forces who all will report to him.
Whether there will be wards and ICU named after fallen soldiers like the last time is not known.
As has been reported by Financial Express Online in July last year, DRDO had set up the 1,000-bed medical facility at the same location (Indian Air Force land) which was earlier this year shut down when the number of COVID-19 positive cases had come down.
The medical facility spread over 25,000 square metres had come up in a short span of 14 days last summer in which DRDO was the nodal agency and had undertaken the design, development as well as operationalisation of the facility on a war footing.
In the previous facility, there was an ICU hangar which was named after Col B Santosh Babu who had lost his life along with 19 others in the clash with Chinese soldiers in Galwan, Ladakh. And there were other general wards that were named after other fallen soldiers including – Shaheed Nb Sub Satnam Singh Medical Ward, Shaheed Nb Sub Nuduram Soren and Shaheed Nb Sub Mandeep Singh Medical Ward.
More to come
Defence minister Rajnath Singh has directed DRDO to help set up the facility in his constituency. For this project, according to reports, the Defence Expo-2020 site at Vrindavan Yojana next to Shaheed Path has been identified.
The Haj House on Kanpur Road and Golden Blossom Resort on Faizabad Road are going to be converted into makeshift Covid hospitals with the DRDO’s help.
And the DRDO is also expected to set up three temporary hospitals – adding almost 1500-2000 beds to deal with the growing number of cases. Also, to provide health services, the Army Central Command was also being contacted.
–The story earlier appeared on www.financialexpress.com