Faridabad, May 11
A 100-bed Covid hospital became functional at Chhainsa village in the district on Tuesday morning after its formal inauguration.
The announcement to start this hospital had been made by the Haryana CM on April 26. The hospital will be able to admit Covid patients requiring oxygen support.
The hospital building, located about 20 km from the district headquarters, had been lying idle since 2015 when it was closed down by its management (private) due to financial crisis.
While it was taken over by the state government last year, the authorities decided to use it as Covid treatment facility last month. However, the hospital will be run by doctors and staff of the Western Command of the Indian Army.
Stating that the move was a part of ‘Operation Namaste’, Lt Gen Manjinder Singh, COS, Western Command, said that a team of Indian Army doctors and paramedics would handle the treatment of patients here. Local MP and Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, who was chief guest at the inauguration, thanked the Indian Army and expressed his gratitude for providing services in this crisis.
Maj Gen Sanjay Hooda, GOC, Nine Infantry Division, Moolchand Sharma, Minister of Transport, Haryana, Narender Gupta, MLA, Faridabad, and Seema Trikha, MLA, Badkhal, were among those present.
Revealing that admission of patients here would be done after reference by Civil Hospital Faridabad, DC Yashpal Yadav said that all help and logistic support would be provided to the Army team for smooth operation. He said while 30 ventilator beds have been provided, around 700 gas cylinders have been made available. The Army has deputed a team consisting of 10 doctors and support staff consisting of nursing attendants and other employees.
This hospital will also be able to refer critical patients to the ESIC hospital, it is claimed. — TNS
200 Roadways buses now ambulances
- At least 200 Haryana Roadways buses will be used as ambulances to ferry Covid patients free of cost in the state
- As per officials, the ambulances are likely to become operational in a week and will be made available in every district
- All depots in the state have been directed to make buses available for transporting Covid patients to hospitals or back to their homes after recovery
- Transport Minister Mool Chand Sharma said the fleet, including 100 minibuses and 100 full-sized buses would be operated in all districts of the state as per the demand in the shortest possible time. tns