The principal construction work of DRDO's provisional COVID facility at Awadh Shilpgram in Lucknow, has started in full swing. This special centre will be housing 350 beds, to meet the rising demands of hospital beds amid the volatile uptick of coronavirus infection in the state capital. The centre is expected to be complete in about 15 days, post which it will shoulder the district's healthcare infrastructure, which is crippling each day due to the overwhelming pressure.
New facilities in Lucknow to keep up with the pandemic sneers
The Defence Research and Development Organisation has planned to set up 2 facilities in Lucknow, providing a total of 600 beds for the dedicated treatment of COVID infected patients. This was confirmed by the Union Defence Minister to aid the people in Lucknow.
Earlier, the DRDO had also targeted the Haj House and Golden Blossom Resort to set up temporary covid care centres, however, the resort has been ruled out for the time being, read reports. Meanwhile, the preparations to convert Awadh Shilpgram into a makeshift COVID hospital has been speeded up, to cope with the pandemic emergency.
This temporary COVID hospital will make its own oxygen
One of the most striking features of the Awadh Shilpgram facility will be the fact that it won't be dependent on the supply of external oxygen. Instead, the DRDO is making provisions to ensure that the temporary COVID centre manufactures its own oxygen with the help of an oxygen plant. This will ensure sufficient oxygen supply, directly from the plant to their beds. After the completion of this facility, the authorities will commence work at the Haj House and the Defense Expo venue.
Lucknow COVID update
Lucknow's fresh infection tallies surged to 5,689 in the last 24 hours, reportedly the highest across Uttar Pradesh. On the brighter note, recoveries have exceeded the count of new cases for the second consecutive day. Around 7,165 recoveries were noted in the city on Friday, bringing marginal respite from the surging active tallies. The aggregate recovery count stands at 1,18,091 while the toll has clocked in 1,598 deaths since the outbreak of the virus last year.