A refurbished Islamia Hospital will open its doors to Covid patients from Tuesday. The Ramakrishna Mission Residential College has also started a Covid facility. Both have been done to bring relief to people who cannot afford expensive Covid treatment in private hospitals. The safe home will also start admitting patients from Tuesday.
The Islamia Hospital — almost a century old — on 73, Chittaranjan Avenue, run by a trust, was closed for the past five years for renovation and modernisation. It has been converted to a nine-storey building now with 125 beds. The first floor was inaugurated on Sunday by the minister for transport and housing and chairman of KMC board of administrators Firhad Hakim, who also heads the trust that looks after the hospital.
The swanky new set-up has been equipped with 125 oxygen supported beds, 50 bipap machines and 20 ICU beds. “We are happy that we are being able to offer the completely refurbished hospital to the cause of corona treatment,” said Amiruddin Bobby, general secretary of the trust and a member of the board of administrators.
Covid patients having Swasthya Sathi cards, which guarantees state backed health insurance, will be readily accepted here. “Those who have Covid but have not yet got these cards will be able to register through the help desk that will be operational round the clock. If there is a delay, the trust will step in to pay their bill in the interim period,” Bobby said.
At RKM Narendrapur, a safe home for Covid patients was inaugurated by minister of commerce and industry Partha Chatterjee. This 125-bed facility has come up in collaboration with the Rajpur Sonarpur Municipality at the spacious Gouranga Bhaban that serves as the hostel of the college section of the institute. “Since the boys are not there at the moment, we offered the space so that a Covid facility can come up. Patients will be admitted by the municipality. We will cook the food in our own kitchen following prescriptions,” said Swami Sarvalokananda, secretary of RKM Narendrapur. Treatment will be done completely free of cost and several batches of alumni have donated towards the cause with money, equipment, beddings, oxygen concentrators and cylinders, said headmaster of the school section, Sandipan Maharaj.
Arrangements are being made to procure vaccines and start mass vaccination on the premise from next week. “This too will be free of cost. We hope to start with at least 500 people who cannot afford vaccines,” Maharaj said.
Source: Times of India