To provide medical care to COVID-19 patients of UT of Jammu & Kashmir in the time of pandemic, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has set up a 500-bed COVID Care Hospital in Srinagar that becomes operational on 12 June.
DRDO took 17 days to develop this facility which is funded by PM CARES Fund. This facility includes 125 ICU beds with ventilators, of which 25 are exclusively reserved for children. Continuous oxygen supply is available for all 500 beds from 62 KL Liquid Medical Oxygen storage tanks. Hospital management and doctors and para-medical staff to run the facility are provided by the administration of Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir, according to an official statement.
The hospital is centrally air-conditioned with cooling provision for summers and heating capabilities during winters to maintain a comfortable environment. There is a separate block for doctors & para-medical staff. Proper fire exits in case of emergency, provision of steel structure shed having inside refrigerator for mortuary and parking facility for vehicles have also been provided at the centre.
A control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs and helpline number has been established for proper monitoring and hospital management through modern system software. Due to cold weather, special arrangements have been made to accommodate 150 personnel including doctors, para-medical staff, pharmacy staff, security personnel and maintenance staff.
The second wave of the raging pandemic has forced DRDO to pitch in for setting up medical care across the country. Several hospitals for COVID-19 have been set up by the DRDO in cities like Delhi, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Varanasi, Gandhi Nagar, Haldwani, Jammu and now Srinagar.