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Patna : A 500 bed Covid Hospital with 125 ICU beds, set up by Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) at Patna, Bihar, was inaugurated on August 24, 2020, by Nityanand Rai, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs. The hospital, located in the newly constructed ESIC Hospital at Bihta in Patna District, has been built on the lines of the 1,000 Bed Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital at Delhi Cantt built by DRDO.

Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Trust has allocated funds for the hospital.  Another such hospital will be set up in Muzaffarpur in North Bihar. The infrastructure facilities for the hospital include the already existing seven storied ESIC hospital with Power, air conditioning, water supply, Fire Fighting and Diesel Generator backup, Oxygen piping to each bed, Lifts and Morgue, according to a PIB release.

The DRDO has provided infrastructure for the hospital such as the Administrative Block including Doctor’s room, Triage Area, Visitors Area and Reception; ICU Beds with Ventilators, monitors : 125 Nos; Normal Beds : 375 Nos.; 10 KL Cryogenic Liquid Medical oxygen Vessel; Oxygen supply to every bed; PPE Kits and Sanitisers; CCTV Surveillance System; Housekeeping Services including consumable items; Pharmacy, Medical Pathology Lab, Catering Services, Laundry Services, Ambulance Service; Computerised Hospital Management System; Professional Manning & Maintenance Staff for specialised services like Electrical System, Air conditioning System, DG Sets, etc.

Doctors, nurses, and other supporting medical staff etc for the hospital have been provided by the Directorate General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS).

Bihar Government will provide free of cost facilities such as 2 lakh Ltrs of water per day, 6 MVA electric supply, and security arrangements for the hospital.