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DRDO’s hospitals will strengthen govt’s efforts against Covid pandemic: LG

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Visits DRDO's under-construction 500-bedded Covid hospital at Khonmoh

Srinagar: Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha Sunday asserted that the operationalization of DRDO’s hospitals in twin cities of Jammu and Srinagar would strengthen government’s efforts against Covid pandemic, besides substantially increasing the Covid dedicated bed capacity and treatment in J&K.

He said this during a visited to the construction site of Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) 500-bedded COVID Hospital at Khonmoh, where he inspected the work done for the establishment of the Covid-dedicated facility.

While reviewing its progress, the LG directed the DRDO and district officials to expedite the pace of work and complete the hospital by June 05, 2021 for trial-run of all the facilities.

Emphasizing the importance of developing specialized critical care for infants and children, the LG directed the officials to prepare a 25-bedded Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) in the facility with a dedicated team of doctors, nurses, dieticians and coordinators.

“Take comprehensive measures to ensure that the staff, medical supplies, durable equipment, diagnostic tools, and other logistics are ready within the timeline,” LG told the officers.

“My focus is to ensure high quality of care with sincere effort, rapid and efficient interventions, while integrating emergency response of healthcare services at the hospital to fight Covid-19 pandemic,” Sinha observed.

“Nothing is more important than people’s lives and the administration is working round-the-clock for the best healthcare facilities for everyone and in every corner of J&K,” the LG added.

During his visit, the LG, according to an official press release took a round of the facility and enquired about the Covid-care facilities including availability of ICU beds, triage facility, medical equipment, doctors, paramedics and other facilities to be extended to the patients.

It was informed that the hospital has the capacity for 125 ICU beds and 375 beds with oxygen connectivity.

The LG asked the officials to equip the facility with CT Scan machines and other medical imaging techniques.

Health officials, divisional, and district administration were directed to lend all possible support to DRDO so that the hospital is completed within stipulated time.

Pertinently, on May 29, LG had inaugurated the DRDO’s 500-bedded Covid hospital in Jammu to ramp up the healthcare infrastructure to effectively deal with the Corona virus pandemic.

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