JAMMU, May 10: As part of the continued fight against the raging unprecedented rise in COVID-19 cases, Lieutenant General RP Singh, Army Commander, Western Command announced the operationalisation of Western Command COVID Hospitals at International Students Hostel of Panjab University, Sector 25 Chandigarh, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Hospital, Faridabad and Rajindra Government Hospital, Patiala.
The Army Commander dedicated the hospitals to the respective States and made a special mention that these hospitals have been set up on a war footing in coordination with the civil administration of respective States/UT.
The hospitals have the capacity to accommodate and treat mild to moderate/symptomatic patients suffering from COVID-19. The COVID Hospital at Chandigarh was opened today. The hospitals at Faridabad will open tomorrow and at Patiala on 12 May 2021.
The Army has deployed its Doctors, Nursing Officers and Paramedics for holistic treatment to patients as per ICMR guidelines, provided service ambulances and trained personnel for administration and management of the hospital. The civil administration is facilitating essential amenities, service management, uninterrupted oxygen supply, patient admission and discharge and ambulance services at these hospitals. The hospitals will also cater for basic laboratory, X-Ray, Pharmacy and catering for patients. The admission to these hospitals will be opened to all citizens and coordinated by the CMO of the respective Districts. On admission, ISO numbers will be given by the respective hospital management however; the discharge of patients will be on recommendation of the Army Medical Officer treating the patient. Patients requiring higher grade of treatment will be shifted to other Hospitals, coordinated by the CMO as per availability of ICU facilities.
On this occasion, Lieutenant General RP Singh, General Officer Commanding in Chief Western Command highlighted the efforts put in by both the Indian Army and the Civil Administration in the early operationalisation of these Hospitals. He assured the Govts of Punjab, Haryana and the UT of Chandigarh of continued support of the Armed Forces in the fight against COVID-19.