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Bengal set to turn Nicco Park into hospital, hikes oxygen capacity to fight rising caseload

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Nicco Park, Kolkata’s prime entertainment destination, is set to be converted into a makeshift Covid hospital with a dedicated oxygen tank for piped oxygen supply to patients’ beds. Kishore Bharati Stadium in Santoshpur, which is also being converted into a Covid hospital, will also get an oxygen plant for piped supply.
While these facilities will be run by private hospitals, the government has taken up a drive to boost oxygen manufacturing capacity in hospitals across the state on a war footing to prevent the kind of crisis that has plagued hospitals in Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
In all, 55 new oxygen plants are being installed across the state for supply to hospitals and reduce dependance on oxygen cylinders. In addition, liquid medical oxygen tanks are being installed at medical colleges and hospitals to reduce dependance on commercial oxygen.


You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view resultThe state government has over the past several months augmented the infrastructure at 105 government hospitals and brought 12,500 beds under piped oxygen supply. By May 15, the facility will be made available at 41 more hospitals, adding 3,000 more beds with piped oxygen to the inventory.

Currently, the state’s captive liquid oxygen production capacity is 497 tonne and the daily average demand is 223 tonne. Current daily allocation because of Covid situation is 318 tonne.
In Kolkata, too, efforts are on to convert large public facilities into hospitals and ensure they are equipped with oxygen supply to every bed. At Nicco Park, the state is scouting for a private healthcare facility to operate the hospital. A similar facility at may be set up Gitanjali stadium in Kasba.

Last year, a banquet facility at Nicco Park had been converted into a quarantine centre.

The hospital at Kishor Bharati Stadium that will become the annexe Covid unit of Medica will have 100 HDU beds, where patients requiring emergency oxygen support will be treated. There will be another 100 more beds for treating mildly symptomatic but co-morbid patients, said Alok Roy, chairman, Medica Group of Hospitals. The unit is set to become operational on Friday. The Canning stadium in South 24 Parganas, which was converted into a Covid Hospital last year, is still treating Covid patients.

Source: Times of India

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