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DRDO’s Dhanvantri Covid Hospital at Ahmedabad to get functional from Saturday

New Delhi/Ahmedabad: Dhanvantri Covid Hospital at Ahmedabad, developed by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), will get functional from Saturday, the officials in the Defence Ministry said.

The hospital will have a capacity of 900 beds including 150 intensive care unit (ICU) beds and rest will have the oxygen facility.

The centre will be manned by 25 doctors and 75 paramedics from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

In collaboration with Gujarat Government, the DRDO has set up this hospital in record 10 days, and the facility will deal with the alarming surge in coronavirus cases in the state.

This hospital will be inaugurated by the Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani today.

The DRDO has also set up a 500-bed hospital in Delhi which is already functional and converted an ESIC hospital into a 500-bed Covid facility in Patna. In addition, hospitals with 450 beds in Lucknow and 750 beds in Varanasi are expected to be functional soon. A sixth Covid hospital is being readied in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

The DRDO has also stepped in to address the oxygen crisis precipitated by the second wave of the disease. It has transferred oxygen generation technology to the industry, which has now started providing oxygen plants to state governments and hospitals.

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