500-bed ITBP Covid centre to be reopened in Delhi | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: With the home ministry on Thursday designating Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) as the nodal force for re-operationalising the Sardar Patel Covid Care Centre at Chhatarpur with 500 oxygenated beds, the ITBP hopes to deploy around 500 personnel, including medical officers and para-medical staff, to have the facility up and running in less than three days.
The SPCCC facility, functional earlier with 10,000 beds between July 5, 2020 and February 23, 2021, had treated 11,657 Covid cases over 7.5 months. These included patients referred to the facility by around a dozen government and private hospitals. The facility was closed on February 23 after cases and need for hospitalisation dipped.
With the latest surge in Covid cases in national Capital, the Delhi government recently decided to restart the facility with the help of Radha Soami Satsang Beas, on whose premises the hospital is located. However, while the infrastructure was put in place, the lack of manpower was coming in the way of re-operationalising the facility. On April 20 and 22, the Delhi additional chief secretary and divisional commissioner wrote to the home ministry seeking assistance from ITBP to resume operations at the covid care centre.
Accepting the request, the home ministry on Thursday decided to provide adequate number of medical officers and para-medical to man the 500 oxygenated beds at SPCCC. ITBP, which had earlier successfully run the facility, has been designated as the nodal force for the centre. ITBP may also draw required medical manpower, if need be, from other Central armed police forces.
The boarding and lodging arrangements for doctors and para-medical staff including expenses thereon will be made by the government of NCT of Delhi.
Sources in ITBP said a meeting was held on Thursday afternoon with all the stakeholders including representatives of the Radha Soami Satsang Beas, at the site. “ITBP hopes to have the facility running soon after as the Delhi government hands it over to us. We will be deploying doctors, para-medical staff, administrative staff and security personnel to fully handle operations at the centre that include treating the patients on oxygen support, administrative matters including admitting and discharging patients and providing security to the centre,” an ITPB officer told TOI.

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