The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has decided to name the wards at India’s biggest COVID treatment facility in Delhi after Indian Army soldiers who died fighting the Chinese Army in the Galwan Valley on 15 June. It attributed the development to the technology adviser to the DRDO chairman.
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital is India’s largest medical treatment facility transformed on an ad hoc basis. Situated on the south Delhi premises of Radha Soami Satsang, a religious organisation, with the capacity to house and treat 10,000 coronavirus patients at any given point, the hospital will now carry memories of the nation’s heroes.
The makeshift facility, operationalised recently, is set up in a 1755 sqft by 703 sqft area and is roughly the size of 20 football fields combined. Medical experts from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) are managing the hospital following a request by the union home ministry.
While ITBP is the nodal agency to operate the Chhattarpur facility, the Delhi government is pitching in with administrative support. Volunteers from the religious sect of Radha Soami Beas have been roped in to run the treatment centre too.
The development came on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on a day-long visit to Leh, the capital of Ladakh, to pay tributes to the 20 soldiers who laid down their lives when Chinese forces ambushed them and got killed in larger numbers near Patrolling Point 14 near the Line Of Actual Control (LoAC).
The Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel centre has two segments: a COVID Care Centre (CCC) for treatment of asymptomatic positive cases and Dedicated Covid Health Care (DCHC) for treatment of more serious cases. The CCC has 90% beds while DCHC has 10% beds. The DCHC is for the treatment of symptomatic cases and is equipped with an oxygen support system.
The ad hoc hospital is divided into blocks and each block consists of 100 beds.
The DRDO is associated also with the creation of a 1,000-bed COVID hospital with 250 ICU beds at New Delhi in association with Tata Sons. The facility is being operationalised in a record 10 days and it will be operated by the Armed Forces Medical Services.