A 500-bed COVID Care Hospital set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani, Uttarakhand was inaugurated by Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat, virtually today. This facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators. With 100% power backup, it is centrally air-conditioned for all weather conditions. The facility has a Pathology laboratory, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ECG etc. The Centre will become fully operational from June 03, 2021.
For effective monitoring, a control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs, and a hotline number has also been established. Doctors and nursing staff to run the facility would be provided by co-located Government Medical College, Haldwani.
This hospital was built in 21 days. The result is due to the efforts of the workforce of 350 persons who worked relentlessly round the clock under adverse weather conditions. This time-bound challenging task involved coordination among various government agencies amidst countrywide lockdown.
Ample precautions have been taken in the construction of the hospital to address any future challenges. Fire detection systems, fire hydrants, and fire-fighting equipment have all been installed to guarantee that mandatory fire safety standards are met.
This COVID Care Centre will be a tremendous asset for the people of Uttarakhand in the current COVID scenario, delivering prompt critical medical care during the pandemic. It has been dedicated and named after the late General Bipin Chandra Joshi, the 17th Chief of the Indian Army and a native of Uttarakhand.
Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh has lauded DRDO for its continuous timely assistance during this pandemic. Dr G Satheesh Reddy, Secretary Department of Defence R&D and Chairman of DRDO also appreciated the team’s tireless efforts and thanked the Uttarakhand government for its assistance.