Fake news of 1000 Bed Army Covid Hospital near Airport is being circulated on WhatsApp since few days. Actually Army has started 900 bed hospital in GMDC ground in Ahmedabad.
The message which is in circulation is of Delhi Army Covid Hospital near Delhi Airport.
Very IMP- (for Delhi)
– Anyone wants addmission for their near or dear ones can get admitted here.
– The DRDO Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital in Delhi Cant. is been operational from today 11 AM (19 Apr 21).#CoronaPandemic pic.twitter.com/hxLH8oa09z
— Saud Md. Khalid (News24)
(@saud_smk) April 19, 2021
Here is the snapshot of WhatsApp Fake News in circulation…
Contact Number given in that message are also of Delhi Facility.
Important contact details of DRDO’s SVP COVID Hospital New Delhi:
(1) Col. Saini: 9968656990
(2) Dr Chug 9868100678
(3) Dr Rashmi Agarwal 9818047498
(3) Kuntal 9968503421
(4) Helpline Nos
— Navneet Mishra (@navneetmishra99) April 19, 2021
DRDO setting up 900-bed hospital in Ahmedabad, 450-bed hospital in Lucknow, 750-bed facility in Varanasi
A 1000-bed dedicated COVID-19 hospital has been established at Ulan Batar Road near Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The facility will be inaugurated by Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday.
As health infrastructure across the country is stretched to the limits with over 2 lakh Covid-19 cases being reported daily, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has asked the Indian Army to pitch in.
All three forces, the Indian Army, Navy and the Air Force run their own hospitals that cater to the needs of officers, jawans and their families. These hospitals themselves are dealing with a crunch because of the rapidly spreading double mutant Covid-19 virus.
The Army itself is dealing with a deluge of cases in all Command hospitals including Lucknow and Secundrabad. In Delhi, the Army has had to shut down regular services at the Base hospital and covert it into a Covid only facility.
In another major move, the Army, Navy and Air Force have been asked to identify and mobilise their retired doctors, who were fully vaccinated, to man Covid hospitals being created by the DRDO and HAL.
At a meeting with Army Chief General MM Naravane and Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar on Monday, Rajnath Singh asked local commanders in various states to meet their respective chief ministers and offer them whatever help is needed in times of this ‘mega crisis’. This comes amid the ministry being flooded with petitions from various states to construct ‘pop-up’ Covid hospitals like the one the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has opened in Delhi. Within two hours of the facility opening, all 250 beds were taken.
“We have also freed up our rail transportation resources that we use to transport out big guns and tanks, so that oxygen can be transported across the country. We have released 32 wagons and will release more if needed,” said a senior officer, who is aware of the development.
The ministry has also asked all 63 cantonment boards that run their own hospitals to open their doors to people who live outside the cantonment premises. The DRDO is in the process of setting up and reactivating Covid hospitals in five cities including Delhi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Patna and Nasik.
n Delhi, the DRDO is in the process of setting up a 500-bed Covid facility to ease the pressure on Delhi’s beleaguered hospitals. All beds will have oxygen support. A total of 250 beds that were readied on Monday filled up in two hours flat, 250 more should be ready by Thursday. The facility is at the same location near the Delhi airport where it had set up a 1,000-bed facility last year. That makeshift hospital was folded up this February as the number of cases dipped. The facility will be staffed and monitored by the DG, Armed Forces Medical Services. Treatment will be free, but an RT-PCR report and Aadhaar card are mandatory.
Lucknow, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s constituency, is getting two similar Covid hospitals with a combined strength of 1,000 beds. These hospitals will include 250-350 ICU beds. The locations identified for these hospitals is the Haj House on Kanpur Road and Golden Blossom Resort on Faizabad Road. Both should be operational in the next few days and will come as a huge relief to a city where patients are dying waiting for ICU beds. Another jumbo 1,000-bed facility is being set up by the DRDO and HAL at the Awadh Shilpgram in Lucknow. Not just hospital beds, ventilators, oxygen, and space in crematoriums and graveyards have also run out in Lucknow. It has more than 40,000 active Covid-19 cases, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath. The DRDO will also help the government set up 10 new oxygen plants across the state to augment supply for medical use.
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