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500-bed ITBP Covid Center to be reopened in Delhi | India News


NEW DELHI: With the Home Office designating the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on Thursday as the nodal force to reactivate the Sardar Patel Covid Care Center in Chhatarpur with 500 oxygenated beds, the ITBP expects to deploy around 500 people, including official doctors and paramedical personnel, so that the facility is up and running in less than three days.
The SPCCC facility, which previously operated with 10,000 beds between July 5, 2020 and February 23, 2021, had treated 11,657 Covid cases for 7.5 months. These included patients referred to the facility by about a dozen public and private hospitals. The facility was closed on February 23 after cases and the need for hospitalization decreased.
With the latest increase in Covid cases in the national capital, the Delhi government recently decided to restart the facility with the help of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, on whose premises the hospital is located. However, while the infrastructure was being put into operation, the lack of manpower prevented the facility from being put into operation again. On April 20 and 22, Delhi’s additional chief secretary and divisional commissioner wrote to the Home Office seeking help from ITBP to resume operations at the covid care center.
By accepting the request, the Interior Ministry decided on Thursday to provide an adequate number of medical officers and paramedics to tend to the 500 oxygenated beds at SPCCC. ITBP, which had previously successfully run the facility, has been designated as the center’s nodal force. ITBP can also obtain the required medical personnel, if necessary, from other central armed police forces.
The NCT Government of Delhi will take care of the accommodation and accommodation arrangements for the doctors and paramedical personnel, including the corresponding expenses.
ITBP sources said that a meeting was held Thursday afternoon with all stakeholders, including representatives of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, at the site. “ITBP expects to have the facility up and running soon after, when the Delhi government hands it over to us. We will deploy doctors, paramedical personnel, administrative personnel and security personnel to fully manage operations in the center that include the treatment of patients with oxygen support, administrative matters that include the admission and discharge of patients and provide security to the center ”, said an ITPB official. he told TOI.

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