Shimla, May 10
Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said that the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMC) will have 500 beds for corona patients at the new OPD building. Currently, the institute has laid out a little over 300 beds, out of which around 250 are occupied. The Chief Minister visited the hospital today to check the progress of work at the multi-storeyed new OPD block, which would be used for the treatment corona patients.
“The new OPD block is almost ready and it would be used for the treatment of corona patients. The new OPD could accommodate 500 patients,” he said. “Besides, the trauma centre is also coming up on the premises. This too could be used for corona patient if needed,” he said.
When asked about staff and oxygen for the proper care of patients as both Covid and non-Covid services are running in tandem at the hospital, an IGMC doctor said, “Let’s hope the caseload decreases after the lockdown. It will reduce the pressure on the hospital.”
Thakur also visited the adjacent site of an upcoming parking lot, which is being constructed at a cost of Rs 32 crore under Smart City Project. “This parking would have a capacity to park about 500 vehicles, which could be further extended up to 800 vehicles,” he said. The smart car parking provision would not only facilitate the patients and their attendants visiting the hospitals but would also provide adequate parking facility to the doctors and para-medical staff. — TNS