500-bed Covid hospital inaugurated in Haldwani by DRDO, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Nainital: A 500-bed Covid-dedicated hospital was inaugurated in Haldwani on Wednesday. The hospital has been built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in just three weeks and apart from treating Covid patients, it also has the infrastructure to deal with the increasing number of black fungus cases.

The newly-built General Bipin Chandra Joshi Hospital has 375 oxygen-equipped beds, 125 ventilator beds and 100 ICU beds. The hospital has also been equipped with a 40 MT oxygen tank. Officials said that the new facility will be run by the Sushila Tiwari Hospital (STH) and will cater not only to the people of Haldwani and Nainital but the entire Kumaon region.

Inaugurating the hospital virtually, chief minister Tirath Singh Rawat congratulated the officials of DRDO for finishing the project in record time and added that the facility will help fight the third wave of the pandemic.

“Scientists have said that the third wave is likely to hit the children, therefore, this hospital has ICU beds for children and we have also created facilities for the stay of parents of the Covid-affected children. The hospital has all the modern equipment and will not only serve the people of Haldwani but all the Kumaon districts,” Rawat said.

The officials, meanwhile, said that the new hospital will ease the burden faced by Sushila Tiwari Hospital. “STH is the largest hospital in Kumaon and serves the entire region. Due to the surge in number of Covid cases, patients seeking other treatment at the hospital have been affected.”

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