On Sunday, 9th August, CM Arvind Kejriwal had inaugurated a new hospital in Delhi. Located in Ambedkar Nagar, the government hospital has a capacity of 600 beds. 200 of those beds have been exclusively reserved for Covid-19 patients.
The hospital was approved in 2013 and it had a budget estimated around 125 crores. The 200 Covid-19 beds have been made functional so far. the rest of the facilities such as the ICU wards are expected to be ready for use within a month.
Kejriwal has said, “oxygen is available on all 200 beds, as it the primary requirement in treatment of Covid-19 patients. the 200 beds will be of great help. ” He added, “I pray to God that the 200 beds in this hospital are not needed in the future. But we have to be fully prepared, in case the Covid-19 situation goes out of control again.”
The inauguration was also attended by Health Minister Satyendar Jain and AAP’s Ambedkar Nagar MLA, Ajay Dutt on Sunday. On this occasion, Kejriwal said, “there was no big hospital in this area and nearby constituencies. the idea was conceived in 2013. I’m happy that it has been inaugurated. The Covid-19 situation in Delhi is under control. The parameters are fine and the recovery rate is improving while the death rate is decreasing.”
It was initially supposed to be a hospital of only 262 beds, which later got expanded after an announcement by Jain in March 2015.