Jammu Gets 500 Bed Covid Hospital

Lt Governor Manoj Sinha during inauguration of DRDO’s 500-bedded Covid Hospital at Bhagwati Nagar Jammu

Jammu: Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Saturday inaugurated the Defence Research and Development Organisation’s (DRDO) 500-bedded Covid Hospital and dedicated the facility to Jammu.

Of the total 500 beds here at Bhagwati Nagar Centre, 125 would be Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, while others would be a set of covid- beds with 24 hours oxygen facility. The Hospital would be equipped with Ventilators, Monitors; in-house Pharmacy, Diagnostic Facility, X Ray and CT Scan facility.

“I am grateful to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for extending all possible assistance to J&K”, said the LG, as per an official spokesperson.

Speaking on the management of ongoing pandemic and future challenges, the LG, he said, observed that the DRDO hospital, with efficient mechanisms will play an important role in adding to the government’s efforts in the fight against Covid pandemic.

“I must congratulate and appreciate Chairman, DRDO Dr. G Satheesh Reddy and his entire team working round-the-clock to build this well-equipped medical facility in record time”, the official spokesperson quoted Sinha as saying.

“Our health infrastructure in Jammu and other areas of the division continues to be the backbone of healthcare services. This hospital too is expected to become fully operational in 3-4 days, after trial run of all the facilities,” he added.

Underlining the importance of providing best healthcare services to the people, especially those living in remote areas, the official spokesperson said that the LG remarked that the robust health infrastructure in Jammu division with decentralized community health system in the form of Panchayat Covid Care Centres has an extensive outreach even in several far-flung locales. We have also devised an effective and rapid response system to quickly mobilize the physical and human resources within healthcare delivery apparatus, he added.

“We all as a society must fight the pandemic together & recalibrate our priorities, giving utmost importance to Covid protocol and vaccination. So, I urge every citizen of J&K to follow Covid Appropriate Behaviour for weeks & months to effectively tackle this health crisis,” said the LG as per official spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the Lt Governor went around the various sections of the newly established Hospital including Patient’s block, ICU ward, General wards, Pharmacy, wherein, he inspected and enquired about the facilities available for the patients, the official spokesperson said.

He said that the LG directed the health functionaries to ensure strict compliance of the hospital referral policy for effective patient care management.

“It was informed that all the Information and Record would be maintained through Hospital Management Software for effective management of the Hospital’s functioning. Wi-Fi facility, water Supply with RO facility, camera surveillance with all safety norms and other essential facilities would be extended to the patients,” he added.

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