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250-bed Covid facility set up at Delhi's Rakabganj Gurdwara

250-bed Covid facility set up at Delhi's Rakabganj Gurdwara

250-bed Covid facility set up at Delhi's Rakabganj Gurdwara
Photo: Facebook/ Manjinder Singh Sirsa

A hall in the city’s Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib has been converted into a Covid care centre with 250 beds equipped with oxygen concentrators. It will be providing free of cost medication, ambulance service, oxygen cylinders and concentrators, for the Covid-19 patients. Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president, Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) said that this facility will be “dedicated to humanity”. “Hospitals mein jagah nahin hain. People need oxygen, which is also not available. So many people have been calling us. Itni umeed se phone karte hain ki shayad unki jaan bach jaayegi,” says Sirsa, whose team has worked day and night to put in place the infrastructure at the facility, within a span of one week! “It was earlier used for religious and social purposes... This is the place where Guru Tegh Bahadur was cremated. And this is the first instance when we are using it for medical purposes; considering Guru Sahib ki jagah hai, sab jaldi theek bhi ho jayenge!” says Sirsa, hopeful that the Omnipotent will heal and bless everyone. He added, “The doctors will be staying here as well, and we’ll be providing every facility ranging from medicines to doctors and nurses. We’ve imported oxygen concentrators from New York and Singapore, and more are lined up. Today, we have 200 concentrators and 150 oxygen cylinders with us. So we can use both together. Plus we have 15 ambulances as well. In the next one week, we’re getting another 100 bedded hospital.” The facility, which will be operational from May 10, will also be connected to an ICU hospital in case of any emergencies. “Health minister Satyendar Jain has suggested that we run it as a 400 bed facility. He said that they will link it to one newly made special ICU hospital, and in case of emergency the patient could be transferred to the ICU as well,” informs Sirsa. Sirsa also added, similar arrangements are likely to be made at other gurudwaras also.

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