PM-CARES to fund 500-bed Covid makeshift hospitals in Patna, Muzaffarpur

New Delhi (NVI): As the government aims to expand COVID-19 dedicated hospitals in the country, the PM-CARES Fund Trust has decided to allocate funds for setting up 500-bed makeshift hospitals at Patna and Muzaffarpur cities in Bihar, the Prime Minister’s office announced today.

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has provided the infrastructure for the special Covid care hospitals which include 125 ICU beds with ventilators and 375 normal beds each. Each bed also has oxygen supply. The doctors and paramedical staff will be provided by the Armed Forces Medical Services.

While the 500-bed hospital at Bihta, Patna will be inaugurated today, another 500-bed hospital at Muzaffarpur will be inaugurated very soon, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a tweet.

Taking to Twitter, the Prime Minister Office (PMO) said, “PM-CARES Fund Trust has decided to allocate funds for fight against COVID-19 by way of establishment of 500-bed COVID-19 makeshift hospitals at Patna & Muzaffarpur, Bihar by DRDO. This will go a long way in improving COVID care in Bihar.”

On March 27, the Centre set up the Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund with the objective to strengthen the country’s fight against coronavirus and provide relief to those affected.

The Prime Minister is the ex-officio chairman of the fund and the defence, home and finance ministers are its ex-officio trustees.

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