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Army gives a 50-bed COVID-19 hospital to Srinagar, Kashmir

HealthArmy gives a 50-bed COVID-19 hospital to Srinagar, Kashmir

The Army hands over a 50-bed COVID-19 hospital to the Srinagar administration for the people of J&K to facilitate the fight against COVID.

This hospital dedicated to the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been jointly set up by the Indian Army’s Chinar Corps and the 92 Base Hospital (BH) in Srinagar, says Brigadier CG Murali Dharan.

The hospital has 10 ventilator beds, 20 high dependency unit beds, and 20 oxygen beds, according to Brigadier Dharan. He said that the hospital now employs one medical expert, an anesthesiologist, three medical officers, nursing officers, and paramedical personnel such as X-Ray assistants, lab assistants, and dispensary personnel. Medical assistance will be open 24×7. Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Mohammed Aijaz Asad inaugurated the facilities at the 216 Transit Camp in Batwara.

He also said, “All those patients who will come, their registration shall take place through civil administration. We will be informed and then we will admit them. This facility is for civilian staff including defense civilians, ex-servicemen, and their dependents.”

PRO, Defence, Lt Col Emron Mosavi said, “To combat the rapid surge of COVID-19 in the UT of Jammu & Kashmir and also to prepare for the anticipated third wave of COVID-19, the Indian Army’s Chinar Corps on Saturday dedicated a 50-bed facility to the awaam of Kashmir.” The Army will provide round-the-clock dedicated doctors, military nurses, and paramedical staff for the hospital,” according to the PRO.

According to reports, the COVID-19 caseload in Jammu and Kashmir surged to 3,05,772 on Friday, with 906 new infections while the death toll rose to 4,160 as 17 more individuals succumbed to COVID.

There were 244 new cases recorded from the Jammu division and 662 new cases were reported from the Kashmir division of the union territory. Reportedly, Srinagar had the newest cases, with 156, followed by Budgam with 92.

Presently, in Jammu and Kashmir, there are 17,585 active COVID-19 cases. According to officials, 2,84,027 people have recovered from the virus.  Also, in the union territory, there are 18 verified cases of mucormycosis or black fungus. They stated that no case had been reported the day before.

This gesture from the Army was much appreciated and welcome during the second wave of the pandemic, hopefully to fend off the anticipated third wave.

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