Soon, 100-bed centre at Infosys Serai

If crisis deepens, Chandigarh may convert three CITCO-run hotels into Covid hospitals

Soon, 100-bed centre at Infosys Serai

People queue up at a Covid testing facility in Sector 10, Chandigarh, on Tuesday. Manoj Mahajan

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, May 4

After setting up a 50-bed Covid care centre at Bal Bhawan in Sector 23, the UT Administration has allotted Infosys Serai to Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society to set up a 100-bed Covid care centre with oxygen facility.

However, if the Covid cases continue to increase in the city, the UT Administration may convert three CICTO-run hotels into Covid hospitals.

“If crisis deepens, all three UT Administration hotels run by CITCO will be converted into Covid hospitals,” said UT Adviser Manoj Parida.

In view of the increasing number of Covid cases in the city, the UT Administration has given a clarion call for setting up mini-Covid care centres voluntarily by interested organisations and associations.

The UT Administration today gave its approval to the proposal mooted by three good Samaritans for opening Covid care centers as part of their commitment to mankind reeling under the Covid-19 crisis.

The Administration gave an approval to Sartaj Lamba, Founder CEO, Be Sure Buddy Pvt Ltd, for opening a mini centre at Aurobindo School, Sector 27-A, HS Sabharwal, authorised authority, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Sewa Society, Chandigarh, Tera Hi Tera Mission Hospital (Surgical Wing), Sector 26, for opening a care centre at the Infosys Foundation Red Cross Serai, Sector 12, besides Amar Vivek Aggrawal, trustee, Sri Sathya Sai Gramin Jagriti, Sai Sadan, Sector 8-B, for opening such a centre at Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Sector 8-B.

The Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society has already set up a 50-bed Covid centre at the Bal Bhawan with oxygen supply on 40 beds, nutritious and healthy food for patients, round-the-care doctors and nursing staff, PPE kits, masks, sanitiser and gloves, required medicines, television with cable connection in each of the dormitory, ambulance with ventilator and welcome kits with toiletries.

Appreciating the society for creating such a good facility in a short period of two days, UT Adviser Manoj Parida said: “In view of the excellent work done at the Bal Bhawan, the Infosys Serai is allotted to the Sri Guru Granth Sahib Society to set up a 100-bed care centre with oxygen facility.”

Meanwhile, Yashpal Garg, nodal officer for mini-Covid care centre, they had added another condition for setting up a Covid care centre. “Now, at least 80 per cent beds will be oxygenated. However, we will tie up them up for refilling oxygen cylinders from approved vendor on the same rate being charged from the GMCH,” Garg said.

On funds for Covid management, Parida said: “I am receiving many calls offering funds for covid management. My request to donors is to instead donate items such as oxygen cylinders and concentrated ventilators that can be used in our Covid care centres.”

Meanwhile, Parida appointed Rakesh Popli, PCS, as the nodal officer for certifing and authorising free distribution of Covid aid coming from abroad for Chandigarh.

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