Raipur, May 22
Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Saturday inaugurated the newly-built dedicated COVID Hospital and COVID Lab in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district via video conferencing from his residence office. The Chief Minister also announced establishment of new Oxygen Plant in the district. Health Minister T S Singhdeo presided over the programme.
Revenue Minister Jaysingh Agarwal, Lok Sabha MP Jyotsna Mahant, Marwahi MLA Dr K K Dhruv, Forest Minister Mohammad Akbar attended the programme.
Chief Minister said that the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic is now on a downward slope in the entire Chhattisgarh and so in Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district. “Number of new patients is also decreasing, which is a matter of relief for all us. But this does not mean that we can cut back on the precautions,” said the Chief Minister.
Chief Minister said that the experts have predicted the third wave of COVID and have warned that the third wave would be more challenging than the second wave. “But if we take proper precautions and be careful, then we can successfully prevent the surge of third wave,” said the Chief Minister.
Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi is the new district of Chhattisgarh with challenges of its own, but in spite of the challenges, Covid crisis has been successfully fought with collective efforts. State government has rapidly mobilized resources to Gaurela -Pendra-Marwahi.
The dedicated COVID Hospital with 66-bed capacity has been established in district headquarter at the cost of Rs 30 lakh, equipped with all the necessary facilities including ventilator. At present, the hospital has one ventilator, 4 machines, central oxygen pipeline, 150 oxygen cylinders. There are total 66 beds in this hospital including 44 general oxygen beds, 6 HDU bed and 6 ICU beds in this hospital. Six beds have been reserved for the treatment of pregnant, post and pre pregnant COVID patients.
This hospital would be open 24×7. Team of seven doctors and six nurses have been appointed here.
Health Minister T S Singhdeo said that treatment facility for critical COVID patients would be provided in this hospital and the patients would not be referred to another district. This new hospital will further strengthen the infrastructure to control the second wave of COVID.
Minister in charge of Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district, Jaisingh Agrawal, congratulated Chief Minister for providing health facilities in the new district. MP Jyotsna Mahanta thanked Chief Minister for opening this COVID Hospital. Marwahi MLA Dr Dhruva also congratulated Chief Minister.
Additional Chief Secretary to Chief Minister Subrata Kumar Sahoo, Principal Secretary of Forest Department Manoj Pingua, PCCF and Chief of Forest Force Rakesh Chaturvedi, Additional PCCF Arun Kumar Pandey were also present.