Coronavirus outbreak: NTPC offers its hospitals to state governments


At a time when the Central government is ready to wage war against Coronavirus in terms of best utilization of resources, State-owned power giant NTPC Ltd has come forward to give it a helping hand. NTPC has announced that stepped up vigil against global coronavirus pandemic by NTPC will convert its hospitals into dedicated Covid-19 units to step up its vigil against Corona outbreak which continues onslaught against humankind.

It has already utilised its 45 hospitals/health units to make isolation facilities and procured requisite number of equipment for the medical staff to handle such cases effectively, an NTPC statement was quoted saying by a PTI report.

According to the statement, as many as 121 beds, with all facilities, have been turned into isolation wards in these hospitals.

The key medical infrastructure that has been made ready for use by state governments to tackle Covid cases includes the hospital at Badarpur in Delhi and medical college hospital of Sundergarh at Odisha, it added. Korba Hospital is also being examined for takeover by the state government, it added.

The medical staff has also been trained over video calls about the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). On 22nd March, a mock drill was conducted at all hospitals as per MOHFW (health ministry) guidelines.

Further, 1,160 PPEs, 30,000 masks and 30,000 gloves have been dispatched to all the projects and stations.

A total of 8 ventilators are being procured at Hazaribagh for District administration. At present, there are 7 ventilators in the project hospitals. Additionally, there are 18 Advanced Level Ambulances with ventilators, the company said.

Another 10 ventilators are in the process of procurement for different hospitals. Also, efforts are being made to acquire additional PPE, sanitisers from available agencies.

Among other measures, NTPC has contributed funds to the district administration of NTECL Vallur for procuring 1,000 bed sheets for a hospital.

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