Srinagar, July 21: Amid surge in Covid- 19 cases in Kashmir, Défense Research & Development Organization (DRDO) hospital is set to be made functional in the coming days.
Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Rasheed Para told Rising Kashmir that they have been asked by the administration to be in a state of readiness and preparedness. “Though, there were no new admissions in the last three months. But cases start swelling again, so we are gearing up to tackle the situation," he said.
Dr Para said that DRDO hospital is a Covid designated hospital in the city.
" We are already ready. But we have to get back the medical staff after reviewing the situation. In previous Covid-19 waves, DHSK deputed the doctors at DRDO hospital and we had hired contractual staff. We will again start the process at the appropriate time. After reviewing the situation, it doesn't take much time to put all the facilities in place," he said.
He said the hospital has 500 beds consisting of 375 wards, 10 triages, 125 ICU beds of which 25 are designated for paediatric ICU.
Para said the hospital is supported by high end lab, CT scan, Digital X-ray to facilitate diagnostics adding it has contributed in managing referral patients from districts besides direct admissions.
In 2021 duing second wave of Covid-19 pandemic,a 500-beded DRDO hospital was established in the Khanmoh area of Srinagar's outskirt at an estimated cost of 12 crores.
At least 300 employees were recruited on a contractual basis to treat the patients.
According to the health officials, doctors were recruited by the Health & Medical Education Department, DHSK and GMC Srinagar.
DRDO hospital is fully equipped with140 ventilators, 2 well-established oxygen plants, CT scan, X-ray, HFNO machine, NiV machines, High-Quality l Lb, 500 beds with portable x-rays, and a mortuary.