To deal with the surge of COVID-19 infection, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is all set to reopen its 1,000-bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital in Delhi Cantt today.
The health facility was closed in the first week of February this year when the daily cases of Covid-19 cases shot down. The new facility will be manned by armed forces medical personnel with 250 additional ICU beds to provide extensive care to the patients. The induction has taken the tally of ICU beds at the hospital to 500. With four main hangars, the hospital also has a vertical cryogenic medical oxygen tank capable of sustaining oxygen needs of 1,000 patients for four days.
Spread over 25,000 square meters, the hospital was built by DRDO in the record time of 12 days with assistance from the armed forces, ministry of home affairs, ministry of health and family welfare and Tata Trust. The land for the health facility was allotted by the Indian Air Force near the New Delhi Domestic Terminal 1 on Ulan Batar Marg in Delhi Cantonment Area, which became operational in July last year.
Rampaging up the healthcare facilitators to treat patients swiftly, the hospital will be run by healthcare staff from DG AFMCS as well as from the Armed Forces Medical College in Pune along with doctors of the military and paramilitary.
Honoring the Bravehearts of Galway Valley clash which happened last year in eastern Ladakh, the ICU ward of the hospital has been named after Col B Santosh Babu and the other two medical wards have been named after Naib Subedar Mandeep Singh and Naib Subedar Satnam Singh who attained martyrdom while protecting motherland.