A 500-ICU bed COVID care hospital, which will be attached to the Guru Teg Bahadur (GTB) hospital at the Ramlila Maidan is all set to be operationalised in New Delhi today.
Constructed by the Public Works Department (PWD) of the state government, the COVID care facility has been built within 10 days. The facility is equipped with two Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO) tanks with a production capacity of 20KL medical oxygen.
Guarding by 100 plus CCTV cameras, the facility at Ramlila Maidan comprises two hangars, which can accommodate 250 patients each. The hangars – 30 metres wide and 135 metres long – have steel frames covered with white tarpaulin sheets. Alongside, for the convenience of patients, a kitchen has been constructed outside the facility with 12 washrooms around the two hangars.
Interacting with the media earlier, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said, ” On a war footing note, we’ve set up a 500-bed ICU centre at the Ramlila Ground, in front of the GTB Hospital within 10 days. The facility would provide huge relief to the people of Delhi.”
Meanwhile, Delhi University’s Hansraj College has offered its hostel for setting up a 100-bed health facility for COVID-19 patients along with an RT-PCR testing centre at the college, which will start functioning from today.
“Hansraj College, University of Delhi has always come forward and stood by the nation whenever the need has arisen. Hansraj College has a hostel, which caters to 200 residents. We are ready to provide the area, which will be converted into a 100-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facility to serve the COVID-19 patients,” Principal of Hansraj College, Rama Sharma said in a letter to Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other officials on May 9.
Delhi University had also operationalised a 160-bed COVID-19 isolation centre at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College. The university’s Lakshmibai College has also started an isolation centre as a tribute to one of its staffers.