With increasing number of Coronavirus positive cases in Delhi, the government is now converting the Radha Soami Spiritual Centre into world’s largest temporary Coronavirus healthcare facility comprising 10,000 beds.
One of the most interesting features of this facility would be eco-friendly cardboard beds, which need no sanitisation and are widely recyclable. “These beds need not be sanitised as the virus does not remain stable on cardboard for more than 24 hours. These beds are really light, easy to assemble and dismantle. Supplying these beds for the facility is a matter of pride for us,” said Vikram Dhavan, director of Dhavan Box Sheet Containers Pvt Ltd. The Chhatarpur centre, which was earlier being used to shelter migrant workers, will now accommodate COVID-19 patients in an area of 12,50,000 square feet, with preinstalled fans and CCTV cameras.
Setting up the facility as per COVID-19 and healthcare guidelines, the centre will function as 20 mini hospitals with 500 beds each, said South Delhi district magistrate BM Mishra.
Having at least 400 doctors on board, this Chhatarpur facility will consolidate on-site ambulances and its own pathology laboratory for testing. “Each 500-bed hospital will have five to ten enclosures of 50-100 beds; 10% of the beds will have oxygen supply. However, it will not have ventilators. We have made arrangements for referral with super specialty hospitals for critical patients,” added Mishra.
To ensure the facility is best managed, e-management systems used in hospitals will be installed in the centre and to ascertain manpower, Delhi government has assigned military, paramilitary and philanthropists to lend their helping hands for the quick setup. Working on the forefront, the facility is scheduled to be completed by June 30.
In recent announcement made by Home Minister Amit Shah, 500 railway coaches will be converted and 8,000 beds will be made available for treatment. He also announced steps for making 60% Coronavirus beds in private hospitals available at lower rates and increasing testing by three times in six days. The capital has 44,688 positive cases with 1,837 deaths until June 17.