Created under PM Care’s initiative and equipped with modern oxygen and intensive care, Srinagar’s DRDO COVID-19 hospital has so far admitted 500 COVID patients, officials said.
Government of India under PM Care’s initiative created two DRDO Hospitals one each at Jammu and Srinagar.
The DRDO Srinagar was inaugurated by Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha of J&K on 9th of June 2021 and from 15th of June admissions were started. Medical Superintendent of the hospital, Dr Rasheed Para said the hospital has 510 beds consisting of 375 ward beds, 10 triages, 125 ICU beds of which 25 are designated for pediatric ICU.
“All beds are oxygen supported and the ICU has modern ventilators and all requisite infrastructures to manage critical COVID patients,” he said.It is an associated hospital of GMC Srinagar and is supported with three Departments to manage COVID-19 pandemic, which are Anesthesia and Critical Care, Medicine and Pediatrics.
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.
He said till date, a total of 510 patients have been admitted to this hospital, out of which 433 have been discharged back to their homes in good health. “Till date 90 patients have been admitted to ICU. Hospital’s oxygen supply is ensured by 56 & 6 KL Liquid Medical Oxygen tanks and two PSA plants each of 1000lit/min capacity, besides the oxygen manifold,” the MS said.
As per the official figures, in November the hospital received the highest number of patients 165 out of which 126 were discharged while 13 deaths were reported in the same month.The DRDO presently is also used as a quarantine centre for international travelers who test positive on RTPCR, and are further screened for Omicron by genomic sequencing.
Para said the initiative to create a separate DRDO facility for COVID has helped districts to focus on routine health care, as the facility handles and manages any further spread and waves.
“Till date the labs have conducted over 8000 tests and 1000 x-rays. All patients are provided treatment free of cost, as the treatment is supported by government and DRDO authorities,” he said.