A 500-bed Covid Care Hospital set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani was virtually inaugurated by Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat. This facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators. With 100% power backup, it is centrally air-conditioned for all weather conditions. Pathology laboratory, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ECG is an inherent part of the facility.
A control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs and helpline number has also been established for proper monitoring and hospital management through modern system software. Doctors and nursing staff to run the facility would be provided by co-located Government Medical College, Haldwani, the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has said.
This hospital, which has been built in 21 days, is the result of the efforts of the workforce of 350 persons who worked relentlessly round the clock under adverse weather conditions. This time-bound challenging task involved coordination among various government agencies and arranging a “mammoth” quantity of stores amidst countrywide lockdown. Ample measures have been taken in the design and functioning of the hospital to meet any unforeseen challenges in future. Mandatory fire safety norms have been ensured with fire detection alarm system, fire hydrants, and fire-fighting equipment, it added.
In the present Covid situation, the newly-set up Covid Care Centre will be an “invaluable” asset for the people of Uttarakhand, providing timely essential medical care during the pandemic, MoD also said. It has been dedicated and named after late General Bipin Chandra Joshi who belonged to Uttarakhand and was the 17th Chief of Army Staff.