DRDO’s 500-bed COVID hospital becomes operational in Srinagar

at 3:32 pm

Srinagar: A 500-bed dedicated COVID Hospital comprising 125 ICU beds and oxygen support has become operational at Khonmoh in Srinagar today.

The hospital has been set up by Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in a short span of 17 days and is funded by PM CARES Fund, the Ministry of Defence said in a statement.

This Covid 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, it said.

Hospital management, doctors and para-medical staff to run the facility are provided by the administration of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry said.

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.

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, it said.

The hospital is centrally air-conditioned with cooling provision for summers and heating capabilities during winters to maintain comfortable environment.

A control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs and helpline number has been established for proper monitoring and hospital management through modern system software, the statement read.