Uttarakhand: DRDO's 500-Bed COVID Care Hospital In Haldwani To Become Fully Operational From TomorrowDRDO's COVID Care Facility In Uttarakhand (Pic Via Twitter)

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Tirath Singh Rawat on Wednesday (2 June) virtually inaugurated the 500-bed COVID Care Hospital set up by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Haldwani.

The COVID care facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators, and will become fully operational from Thursday (3 June).

"With 100 per cent power backup, it is centrally air conditioned for all weather conditions. Pathology laboratory, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ECG etc. are inherent part of the facility," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

A control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs and helpline number has also been established for proper monitoring and hospital management through modern system software. Doctors and nursing staff to run the facility would be provided by co-located Government Medical College, Haldwani, the ministry said.

The hospital, which has been set up in 21 days, will provide timely and essential medical care during the pandemic for the local population.

The facility has been named after has been late General Bipin Chandra Joshi who belonged to Uttarakhand and was the seventeenth chief of the Indian Army.

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