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Indian Army converts Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment into COVID-19 facility

ANI | Updated: Apr 28, 2021 12:40 IST

New Delhi [India], April 28 (ANI): The Indian Army have stepped up their efforts to support the fight against the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
The Army has converted base hospitals into a Covid hospital in Delhi to provide extensive medical assistance to veterans and their dependents.
According to the Ministry of Defence, the Base Hospital Delhi Cantonment (BHDC) has been converted into a Covid hospital with comprehensive arrangements for providing critical care to all incoming patients.
"In keeping with its ethos of selfless service to the Nation, the Indian Army has created a number of COVID facilities on a war footing in order to provide extensive medical assistance to veterans and their dependents at a number of places," the ministry said.
It further said that at the start of the second COVID wave, the Base Hospital catered for 340 COVID beds of which just 250 beds were oxygenated. This resource was being severely stretched for additional capacities due to the exponential rise in COVID cases. Despite the beds being filled to their capacity, patients over and above this capacity are being treated in the Trauma Centre after obtaining their willingness to wait for beds.

"A plan was quickly put in place to expand the capacity to 650 COVID beds of which 450 beds will be oxygenated by 30 April 2021. The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is also being enhanced from 12 beds to 35 ICU beds by 29 April 2021. The next phase of expansion will see the present capacity being augmented to 900 oxygenated beds by the second week of June 2021," it said.
Indian Army has also set up a new COVID OPD under a specialist medical team that is functioning round the clock for screening positive patients for home isolation, investigation, treatment advice and admission under a single roof.
This team clinically examines approximately 500 patients on a daily basis and appropriate medical advice is rendered. The endeavor is to ensure that all critical cases are provided appropriate treatment.
In another initiative, a COVID tele-consultancy and Information Management Cell under a senior officer is functioning 24 x 7 rendering medical advice as well as information about admitted patients with due sensitivity.
"On average, 1200-1300 calls are handled by this cell suggesting that the facility is well subscribed. Some of the functions being performed by the Cell include telephonic consultation including the provision of expert medical advice, updates regarding admitted patients to relatives, guidance regarding bed availability/admissions, COVID test reports, coordination of personal requests from patients/ relatives and information regarding COVID vaccination," it added.
It further requested veterans to extend full support and encourage military medical professionals who are performing their duties with utmost dedication and sincerity. (ANI)