Indian Steel Makers to Set Up 10000 Beds for COVID Treatment
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Indian Steel Makers to Set Up 10000 Beds for COVID Treatment

India’s Steel Minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday that the government has directed steel companies to set up 10,000 oxygenated beds

India’s Steel Minister Mr Dharmendra Pradhan said on Friday that the government has directed steel companies to set up 10,000 oxygenated beds for treating COVID-19 patients. While 5,000 beds will be set up by the steel PSUs SAIL, RINL, NMDC & MOIL, another 5,000 will be established by private companies like Tata Steel, JSPL, JSW Steel and AMNS India. India’s Prime Minister’s office separately announced on Sunday that “It is expected that around 10,000 oxygenated beds can be made available in a short period of time by making temporary hospitals near such plants. State governments are being encouraged to set up more such facilities with oxygenated beds to deal with the pandemic.”

Steel Authority of India Limited is planning to set up jumbo medical facilities of about 2500 beds with the support of gaseous oxygen for Covid treatment in addition to the facilities currently available at SAIL’s five integrated steel plants at Bhilai in Chhattisgarh, Bokaro in Jharkhand, Rourkela in Odisha and Durgapur & Burnpur in West Bengal. These jumbo facilities are being planned outside the existing hospital facilities and shall have oxygen support through a dedicated gas line drawn directly from the steel plants instead of extracting gaseous oxygen from liquid medical oxygen as is being done in the own hospitals of SAIL currently. In the first phase, the company will set up about 700 beds which will be scaled up to 2500 beds across all the five locations.

Steel Minister has directed RINL to build facilities for providing Covid Care to 1000 patients in Ukkunagaram, township of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant. Fabrication work for cots for Covid Care Hospital is going on in a full swing at Utility Equipment Repair Shop inside plant premises. All the necessary material procurement and arrangements to facilitate the clinical delivery of medical Oxygen near the patient bed are being expedited.

AM/NS India, in alliance with the Government of Gujarat and District Administration Surat, on 27 April has set up a 250-bed COVID care hospital at Hazira, which will receive an uninterrupted supply of oxygen gas from its plant. This facility will be scaled up to a 1000-bed centre in the near future.

Tata Steel inaugurated COVID Hospital at Sitalapalli near Berhampur Ganjam in Odisha on 30 April. Funded by Tata Steel, the hospital has been handed over to the district administration to be run under their guidance by Hi-Tech Hospitals. The 200-bed hospital includes 55 ICU beds with ventilators.

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