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Coronavirus treatment | India's largest COVID-19 care centre, size of 20 football fields, unveiled - here's all you need to know

Sardar Patel COVID-19 care centre in Delhi is 1,700 feet long, 700 feet wide -- roughly the size of 20 football fields combined -- and has 200 enclosures with 50 beds each.

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Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Sunday inaugurated the 10,000-bed Sardar Patel COVID care centre, one of the "largest" such facility in the world, at the Radha Soami Satsang Beas.

Baijal reviewed the availability of beds, oxygen cylinders, concentrators, ventilators, ICUs and medical staff at the centre set up in Chhatarpur.

He also congratulated the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) on taking over the facility. With Delhi government's administrative support, the ITBP is operating the Sardar Patel COVID centre under the name 'Operation Corona Warriors'.

Till Sunday evening, 25 patients, including four people with mild comorbidities, had been admitted to the facility from South Delhi district, an official said.

The centre is 1,700 feet long, 700 feet wide -- roughly the size of 20 football fields combined -- and has 200 enclosures with 50 beds each. "The total bed capacity at the centre may go up to 10,200 making it the largest COVID-19 care facility in India so far," the ITBP said in a statement, adding that it is also the "largest such facility envisaged worldwide".

It has been divided into two segments -- COVID Care Centre (CCC), where asymptomatic positive cases will be treated, and Dedicated COVID Health Care (DCHC) which will treat symptomatic cases and will have an oxygen support system.

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The CCC will have 90 percent beds, while the DCHC will have the rest.

More than 1,000 doctors, nurses and paramedics of the ITBP and other central armed police forces, and another 1,000 paramedics, assistants and security staff have been deployed at the facility for its smooth operation.

ITBP Director General SS Deswal, who attended the inauguration ceremony, said a team of counsellors and psychiatrists will also be present at this facility to help those who are stressed or traumatised due to the coronavirus outbreak. Adequate arrangements have been made for security, reception, a call centre, nursing stations, command control stores, maintenance staff, etc.

A robust admission and monitoring system has been prepared as 'e-Hospital', wherein the patients' details such as the ambulance that brought him/her in, symptoms, date of admission, etc. will be collected, shared and monitored digitally, the ITBP said.

E-vehicles and ambulances have also been deployed for facilitating the movement of patients inside the centre. Apart from peripheral and close-camp security, a special "Quick Reaction Team" is also deployed at the centre to attend to sudden security requirements. Volunteers from the religious sect of Radha Soami Beas will also help run the centre.

The South Delhi district administration said the facility requires speed of management as well as analysis and operations that make it imperative to explore extensive use of information and technology.

Therefore, the "e-Hospital" software of the National Informatics Centre is being used to manage all medical operations, right from the admission to treatment, investigation, progress, referral and discharge, it said.

The patients will be admitted from all over Delhi through respective district surveillance officers, it added.

Most of the basic infrastructure -- beds, mattresses, linens, etc. -- has been donated by various civil society organisations and non-governmental organisations.

A recreational centre has been made available to the patients along with a library, board games, skipping ropes, etc. They will be provided five healthy meals a day along with immunity-boosting chyavanprash, juices and 'kadha', officials said.

(With PTI inputs)

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First Published on Jul 6, 2020 01:54 pm