At present, six positive patients are admitted there, and to ensure safety, the hospital ward has been divided into three zones — red (where positive patients are kept), orange (for suspected ones) and green (for administration).
People will not be allowed to roam around from one zone to another. A help desk has been created to give information about the patients admitted and other facilities available at the hospital. On Monday, a proper shaded sitting area was made for the attendants near the entrance, said north corporation mayor Jai Prakash, who visited the hospital to take stock of the arrangements.
Prakash checked the status of the Covid-19 sampling centre, corona wards and other facilities created at the hospital. “To avoid confusion we have decided to install huge boards at the emergency building’s entrance declaring it a Covid-19 facility. While a 50-bed facility has already been made available, we have started efforts to increase it to 200 beds in a phased manner. Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff of the hospital have also assured to work in coordination,” he said.
Explaining the reason for not preparing all 200 beds in one go, a senior north corporation official said, each bed needed facility for specialist doctors, staff nurses, monitors, oxygen supply points etc. “Also structural requirements —such as separate donning and doffing areas, separate entry exit points and dedicated operation theatre — have to be adhered to. The area had to be separated from other buildings for protection of general public and health care workers. In view of these, we have started with 45 beds, 5 ICUs and 84 isolation beds. More will be added as and when logistics and financial requirements are met,” said the official.
The hospital will continue to run other facilities from the main hospital building. “OPDs will continue to run from the main building and there is a separate emergency for gynaecology and heart patients,” said Prakash.