On 5 July, Sunday, Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal inaugurated the 10000- Beds COVID care centre in Chattarpur at the Radha Soami Satsang Beans Centre.
This facility which is set up in the national capital is one of the “largest” facilities of its kind in the world. The facility is called the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre and Hospital (SPCCCH), which is being operated by the Indo- Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).SS Deswal, ITBP Director-General also attended the inauguration ceremony.
The Lieutenant Governor also inspected the facilities at the centre and also congratulated and appreciated ITBP on taking over the facility and its management.
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal said, “With the guidance and support of Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Delhi now has one of the largest COVID-care facilities in the world, which will play a crucial role in the fight against the pandemic.”
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Inside the centre
The centre is set up under a tent sprawling over an area i.e., 1700 feet long and 700 feet wide-roughly having the size of 20 football fields and has 200 enclosures with 50 beds each.
The centre will admit and treat mild and asymptomatic Covid patients, including those who are asymptomatic but cannot patient afford home isolation. This centre has been linked with Deen Dayal Upadhyay and Madan Mohan Malviya hospitals.
For easier disposal, the beads in the centre are made up of cardboard and are placed a few feet apart in the rows. The 10% of the beds also have oxygen facilities, if required in case of emergency.
The first 2000 beds will be run by ITBP with a team of 170 doctors and over 700 nurses and paramedics, who will work in shifts/ teams. The CRPF and BSF medical staff and volunteers from Radha Soami Beas will also help in assisting.
SS Deswal said, “Our doctors, nurses, and paramedic staff will take care of this Covid-19 care facility. ITBP has experience of several months in handling Covid patients. Initially, ITBP was deployed at quarantine centres. We are also running a 200 bedded centre for the police forces in Noida.” He further said, “A team of counselors and psychiatrists will also be present at the facility to help those who are stressed or traumatized due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Not just that the centre also has been well equipped with WiFi, ACs propped up on stilts and also has gaming facilities and library to keep the spirits of the patients high inside the centre and have various other facilities.
The first sets of 21 patients have admitted to the 10,000-bed Covid care facility on Sunday.
“A total of 20 patients, aged between 20 and 50 years, have been taken in since the inauguration from South Delhi district. However, it is connected with all district surveillance officers and shall house patients from all 11 districts”, said District Magistrate (South) BM Mishra.