Two makeshift hospitals will be set up within a week to treat Covid patients as the city grapples with an acute shortage of hospital beds and each day throws up more than 3,000 new cases before an overwhelmed healthcare system. One of those will be spread out across vacant flats of a housing society in Gurgaon Sector 67 while the other will be at a government auditorium.
The decision was taken at a review meeting chaired by chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar, who visited the city on Monday and met administration heads for a plan to increase oxygen beds. Khattar also visited Faridabad, where the Gold Field Institute of Medical Sciences And Research is being converted into a Covid hospital equipped with 100 oxygen beds.
During the meeting in Gurgaon, Khattar approved a proposal to create a makeshift hospital in Sector 67. This “hospital” will be set up by Medanta in collaboration with M3M, a real estate developer. Vacant flats in the developer’s housing project, One Key Resiments, will be used to install oxygen beds. “Less serious Covid patients admitted right now in Medanta hospital will be shifted to this makeshift hospital in Sector 67. This way, we can make available around 400 beds in Medanta. Another 100-bed hospital is likely to come up at the HSVP auditorium in Sector 43,” said a senior district administration official.
Apart from setting up these two makeshift hospitals, the government plans to add 500 beds at SGT hospital in Budhera. All these 500 beds will have oxygen support, officials said.
During the meeting, Khattar held a video conference with additional chief secretary (health) Rajeev Arora to discuss the Covid caseload and facilities that are being made available for patients across the state. In the discussion, Khattar said he will ask the Centre to increase allotment of oxygen for the state while assuring that Remdesivir injections and essential medicines for Covid patients will be arranged for every district.
As of Monday evening, Haryana had 79,466 active cases, of which 27,318 are in Gurgaon. At present, 26,137 Covid patients are in home isolation and more than 2,000 patients in hospitals, which is why hospitals are overwhelmed.
Source : TOI