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Kaithal district to get 100-bed ‘portable’ hospital by August

Strengthening health infrastructure to face the expected third wave of Covid, the district administration with the help of the American-India Foundation (AIF) will be establishing a 100-bed fully equipped portable hospital. It will be constructed adjacent to the existing Civil Hospital with an estimated cost of around Rs 2.5 crore. It will have an Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 10 ventilators for the facility of critical patients, said Pradeep Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner.

“We have earmarked the site and the work is expected to start in the next week. It will be functional by mid of August,” the DC said.

The recruitment of staff members will be done through the National Health Mission (NHM), under which one paediatrician, two medical officers and eight staff nurses will be recruited, said Dahiya.

Experts of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras, will set up this hospital. The portable unit is made with a prefabricated modular technology and telescopic frame, making it cost-effective and its easy transportation, said Pankhuri Gupta, Chief Minister’s Good Governance Associates, Kaithal, who raised funds from the AIF for the end-to-end implementation of the initiative.

Kaithal Civil Surgeon Dr Shailender Mamgain Shelly said as of then, they had 200 beds and 128 oxygen concentrators at the Civil Hospital. The new portable hospital will be fully equipped with oxygen and other equipment to tackle critical cases too. “It will boost the health infrastructure,” said Dr Shelly.

Staff recruitment under NHM

  • The recruitment of staff will be done through the National Health Mission (NHM), under which one paediatrician, two medical officers and eight staff nurses will be recruited
  • Experts of the IIT-Madras will set up this hospital. The portable unit is made with a prefabricated modular technology and telescopic frame, making it cost-effective and its easy transportation

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