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Kolkata’s Islamia to be next Covid hospital

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A day after chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that the state was taking over the Islamia Hospital to convert it into a full Covid hospital, the work at its Bowbazar branch — a 10-storey set up located on Central Avenue — gathered pace as the managing committee of the hospital promised to hand it over “in the quickest possible time.” The building that was shut down three years ago for renovation is almost ready to resume operations. The new facility is expected to have 300 beds with at least 30 doctors. The hospital’s other smaller unit at Park Circus will continue to treat the patients as usual. The new facility that will have ICU along with ventilators is likely to admit patients in the next 60 to 75 days.

“This hospital is still under reconstruction with some floor work left. But then, our work across all 10 floors is almost nearing completion and we expect all civil work to end in a month. Firhad Hakim, chairman of the KMC board of administrators, is also the president of our trust,” said Rajya Sabha MP, Md Nadimul Haque who had approached the CMO last week with the suggestion.

Source: Times of India

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