The Hotel and Restaurants Association of Eastern India (HRAEI) has offered 500 rooms as satellite hospital units in next few days to combat the second wave of Covid. The association had accommodated 2,000 hotel rooms during the first wave of the pandemic. The number of rooms will gradually go up to 2,000. The association has already written to the principal secretary of health, N S Nigam, in this regard and the proposal was discussed with chief secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay on Tuesday.
The HRAEI delegation was represented by its president, Sudesh Poddar, secretary, Md Azhar, and former president, Parnav Singh.
“For the last few days, we are getting 20-25 calls daily from asymptomatic Covid patients for hotel rooms but we need permission from the government to provide that. When the first wave of the pandemic was at its peak in July-September, we joined hand with the hospitals and the state government also helped in the negotiations,” said Poddar.
This time too, the state wants that the hotels for Covid patients should be attached with some hospitals for emergency, according to Poddar.
“The chief secretary has welcomed the proposal,” he added. The association has over 800 members in Bengal and 60,000 beds belonging to its members.
In a letter to Nigam, the HRAEI president has stated that earlier, they had offered hotel rooms for self-isolation, housing quarantined passengers, doctors, medical workers and others.
HRAEI had also tied up with the hospitals as isolation centres to host mild asymptomatic Covid-19 positive patients.
“We have provided more than 2,600 rooms across 65 hotels as quarantine facilities and our member establishments have offered to provide the isolation wards and beds for Covid positive patients. We implore you to give us an opportunity to serve the mankind by accommodating in our member hotels both mildly symptomatic patients and those who do not require medical assistance but have tested positive and need to be isolated from their families on use and pay basis,” the HRAEI president wrote in the letter.
The association has also requested the state government to provide them a list of the towns and cities where rooms for quarantine centres will be required so that they can request their members to provide rooms.
“During the first wave of Covid majority of the hotel rooms earmarked for this were occupied,” Poddar added.
Source: Times of India