Gujarat designates New hospital building for treatment of COVID 19 patients
Ahmedabad - Anticipating a further surge in COVID-19 cases, the Gujarat government has designated a newly-built hospital building on the campus of the civil hospital here for the treatment of coronavirus positive patients.
The new multi-storey building, which was supposed to treat children with heart problems, is located adjacent to the existing U N Mehta Institute of Cardiology and Research Centre (UNMICRC), popularly known as heart hospital.
This new structure was supposed to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 22, but the programme got cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.
On Tuesday, Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel visited the new building which can treat 228 coronavirus patients.
Ahmedabad civil hospital with the capacity of 2,000 beds and 800-bed civic-run SVP Hospital are the two major hospitals designated by the government to treat coronavirus patients.
"The combined capacity of these two hospitals is around 2,000 beds. We have also notified some private and trust run hospitals across Gujarat for COVID-19 treatment," said Patel who also heads Health ministry.
At present, all the 33 districts have at least one dedicated hospital, irrespective of the very low number of cases in some districts, he said.
As on Monday (May 18), Gujarat's tally of COVID-19 cases stood at 11,746 with 694 deaths so far.