“Gujarat University Convention Centre to be converted into 900-bed Covid Care Hospital, jointly with Government of India and DRDO”
“To have 150 ICU beds fitted with ventilators, with provision to add 500 more beds, work begins, to be ready in two weeks”
Gandhinagar, Tuesday: In an unprecedented initiative, the Gujarat Government will convert the Gujarat University Convention-cum-Exhibition Centre in Ahmedabad into a 900-bed Dedicated Covid Care Hospital in collaboration with the Government of India and DRDO.
The issue was discussed at the state-level Core Committee meeting with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani and Deputy Chief Minister Nitinbhai Patel in chair here today to review the progress of hospital, centrally located on 132 feet wide road, in the wake of spike in novel coronavirus cases in the state.
All the 900 ICU beds will be equipped with oxygen and other critical care facilities, out of which 150 beds will be fitted with ventilators in the dedicated hospital. If needed, it’s capacity can be increased by 500 beds. It will have portable X-Ray machine, helpline, fresh room for patients and dining facility and rest rooms for doctors and paramedics.
Mr. Rupani thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah for promptly responding to his request to the Government of India to augment the medical infrastructure in the city to looking to the city’s need to overcome the rising cases of pandemic.
He also thanked Col. B. Choubey of DRDO for expediting the process on a war footing. The work has begun in the building and the dedicated hospital is scheduled to be ready in two weeks.
The task has been entrusted to Principal Secretary for Higher and Technical Education Anju Sharma, while Gujarat University Vice-Chancellor Himanshu Pandya and DRDO’s Colonel B. Choubey will provide necessary assistance.
Source: Information Department, Gujarat