World's largest covid care centre in Delhi to get doctors from Army, ITBP and paramilitary forces
By Vivek Raj | Galatta | Jun 26, 2020, 07:35 pm
Delhi government will be hoping to breathe a sigh of relief once the Radha Soami Satsang Beas centre in Chhatarpur in south Delhi is converted into a 10,000-bed COVID-19 care centre. There has been a spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the past few days in Delhi with the city going past Mumbai to be the worst-affected city in the nation.
The city, also being second on the list of states with the maximum number of cases after Maharashtra, will have the COVID-19 care centre opening on July 1. The 10,000-bed facility, said to be the world’s largest COVID-19 care centre, will now have doctors from the Indian Army, Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and other paramilitary forces. South Delhi District Magistrate BM Mishra issued a statement saying that around 10 percent of the beds at the COVID-19 care centre will have oxygen facility and added that the beds have been made out of cardboard. Speaking to news agency ANI, Mr Mishra said, "We are planning for a care centre with 10,000 beds out of which 10 per cent will be oxygenated beds. Patients from various communities and districts of Delhi will come here. If anyone becomes critical, they will be sent to a super speciality centre,".
The District Magistrate further stated that the facility will be fully air-conditioned while the meals for all the patients will be provided meals by the Radha Soami Satsang Beas Centre. Mr. Mishra also added saying that two doctors along with nurses, ward boys and cleaners will be present in every ward at all times. He said, "The centre has a big contribution in the fight against COVID-19. We are working in every area be it ambulances, medicine or storage. The beds at the facility are made out of cardboard. They come with a two-year warranty. They are easy to install and light-weight. It will not harm the mud floor or sheet that will be placed beneath them,".
Vikas Sethi, Secretary of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, said, "It is an initiative taken by the Lieutenant Governor and the District Magistrate is looking over the whole set-up. This COVID centre will have 100 blocks and there will be 100 beds in each block. It will be operational from July 1,". He added, "It will have 500 urinals, 450 bathrooms and 300 wheel-chairs. There are two buildings for storage, medicine for PPE kits and other belongings. The total area of the facility is 29 acres and approximately a total of 50 acres for toilets, bathrooms and parking will be given,".