New Delhi (NVI): All health facilities of Defence Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have been allowed to provide health services to civilians infected with the COVID-19, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said today.
During the review meeting, Singh said that the Armed Forces and Ministry of Defence will leave no stone unturned in providing all possible assistance to the civilian administration.
“All health facilities of Defence PSUs & Ordnance Factory Board have been allowed to provide health services to local COVID-19 affected civilian population. The MoD officials and the three Services are closely monitoring the progress of various initiatives taken by the Ministry,” Singh tweeted.
He said that work is in full swing to establish a COVID facility in Lucknow that would become operational in the next 5-6 days.
“This hospitals would be run by AFMS in coordination with the Uttar Pradesh Government,” he tweeted.
Further the union minister said that The DRDO is adding another 250 beds later in the evening today at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital in New Delhi, taking the total number of beds to 500 while in Gujarat, a 1,000-bed hospital has become operational.
“Reviewed the efforts of Ministry of Defence and the three Services to fight against the current wave of COVID Pandemic through video conferencing facility. The Armed Forces and MoD will leave no stone unturned in providing all possible assistance to the civilian administration,” he tweeted.
India is struggling with the second wave of the coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are reeling under a shortage of medical oxygen and beds in view of a rising number of COVID-19 cases.