LG Opens 500-Beded Covid Hospital in Khanmoh

Says Timely Decisions Lead To Better Management Of Patients

Srinagar: In a major boost to healthcare infrastructure in the coronavirus hit Union Territory, the Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor, Manoj Sinha on Wednesday inaugurated a 500-bedded Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) hospital set up in just 17 days.

The 500-beded hospital in Khonmoh area in the city outskirts is centrally air-conditioned and has all the requisite modern facilities. The hospital has a capacity for 125 ICU beds, out of which 25 are reserved for children and 375 beds with 24-hour oxygen connectivity. 10 bedded Triage area has also been built in 100 sqm.

The Covid care facility will fully start its operations once the trial run of all the medicare facilities is completed, an official spokesperson said Wednesday.

“My deepest gratitude to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Home Minister Amit Shah, and the Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for providing the necessary assistance and interventions in augmenting healthcare & medical facilities across J&K,” the LG said, as per the official spokesperson after inaugurating the hospital.

The LG, he said, noted that it was only due to personal intervention of PM that J&K has witnessed such large scale capacity enhancement of the medical infrastructure.

Recently, the UT received 16 Medical Oxygen Generation Plants from Europe in a short span of three weeks, substantially enhancing the medical oxygen availability in the region.

According to the official spokesperson, the LG lauded the DRDO for playing a key role in India's fight against COVID-19 and acknowledged the hard work of DRDO officials, who have completed both the hospitals in a short span of time, adding 1000 additional beds to serve the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

Speaking on UT Government’s initiatives aiming towards transforming J&K’s health system in view of Covid pandemic, Sinha, as per the official spokesperson remarked that the govt’s strategy has been to implement a host of interventions in response to the evolving situations and then quantifying the impact of those initiatives in providing relief to the patients and strengthening the overall healthcare delivery system.

Sinha, he said observed that it is because of the collective efforts that J&K now has a greater capacity to treat all Covid-19 and other patients.

“Taking timely decisions to increase hospital capacity in response to the pandemic lead to better management of patients,” he said, as per official spokesperson.

He further said that the LG also thanked and congratulated all the PRI representatives, government officers, health department, police and security forces for continuously working in this pandemic.

“With the active participation of all of you, we have handled the situation of Corona in J&K in a better way,” Sinha said.

Meanwhile, the LG took a round of the various sections of the facility and enquired about the Covid care facilities to be extended to the patients including diagnostic facilities, medical equipment, oxygen supply, doctors, paramedics and other healthcare facilities.

Adhering to the directions of the LG for developing specialized critical care for infants and children, the official spokesperson said, a 25-bedded Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) has been established in the facility.

“Pertinently, on May 30, the Lt Governor had visited the site of this DRDO’s Covid hospital and passed specific direction for the early completion of the facility,” he said.

Dr. Farooq Abdullah, Member of Parliament; Rajeev Rai Bhatnagar, Advisor to the Lt Governor; Dr. Arun Kumar Mehta, Chief Secretary; Atal Dulloo, Financial Commissioner, Health & Medical Education Department; Nitishwar Kumar, Principal Secretary to the Lt Governor; Pandurang K Pole, Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir; Prof (Dr.) Samia Rashid, Principal GMC&AHs Srinagar; Mohammad Aijaz, Deputy Commissioner Srinagar; Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Director Health Services, Kashmir, and other concerned officers were present on the occasion, the official spokesperson said.

Dr. Anil Khurana, Chief Engineer R&D North; Amit Kumar Rai, Scientist & Project Manager; Ravindra Kumar, Scientist & Project Incharge; Jubair Ali, Scientist & Liaison Officer and other officials of DRDO were also present.

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