Gurgaon: A 100-bed makeshift Covid facility, which was planned at a four-acre area in Sector-27, is now being set up at Tau Devi Lal Stadium after residents in that area protested against the move. The work on the facility started on Tuesday. All the beds in the facility will have oxygen support, a district health department official said.
The Covid facility will be run and managed by the health department, which will deploy a team of 10 doctors and nurses. The official said it will source ventilators, beds and other infrastructure from a private firm.
“We are trying to upgrade the facility but due to a few unforeseen problems, the process has been held up. We seek cooperation from the public in creating such a facility so that we can treat more patients and help curb the virus spread,” said Dr Virender Yadav, chief medical officer. He also said it will take 10 more days to set up the infrastructure at the stadium.
A team formed by the health department and the district administration faced opposition from residents in Sector 27, while the facility was being planned in that area. “Yes, our team faced protests from residents. We tried to convince them but it was of no use. We then decided to shift the facility to Tau Devi Lal Stadium. People want more hospital beds, but are opposing the steps being taken by us to set up more such facilities,” said Yash Garg, deputy commissioner.
Initially, the makeshift facility was planned on a one-acre government school land that is lying adjacent to the old hospital building in Civil Lines. Since it was a small patch of land, the health department had decided to set up the facility at Sector 27, but again it had to change the plan and shift the facility to Tau Devi Lal Stadium after facing protests.
At present, the district is in need of more oxygen beds as it has been recording more than 3,500 cases daily for the past two weeks. The city has no ICU or ventilator beds for serious and critical patients.
The district administration has sent its teams to hospitals and nursing homes to assess the admission status and discharge routine of patients to free up some beds in case they don’t require hospitalisation.Also, 150 beds will be added by the end of next week at M3M project, One Key Resiments (OKR), in Sector 67. This project is in progress, an official said.