In the wake of ever-ascending COVID-19 cases, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh informed that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Agency is adding 250 beds, by later in the evening today at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 hospital in New Delhi.
This addition has taken the total number of beds to 500 in the said hospital. The Defence Minister took to Twitter to inform that apart from adding another 250 beds at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital, a 1000-bed hospital has also become operational in the state of Gujarat.
The @DRDO_India is adding another 250 beds later in the evening today at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID hospital in New Delhi, taking the total number of beds to 500. In Gujarat, a 1,000-bed hospital has become operational.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 24, 2021
Earlier today, Rajnath Singh reviewed efforts of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Army, Navy and Air-force to fight against the current wave of COVID. He said, "the Armed Forces and MoD will leave no stone unturned in providing all possible assistance to the civilian administration."
He further enumerated that work is carried out in full swing to establish a COVID-19 facility in Lucknow that would be operational in the upcoming 5 to 6 days. This hospital will run in coordination with the Uttar Pradesh Government.
All health facilities of Defence PSUs & Ordnance Factory Board have been allowed to provide health services to local COVID-19 affected civilian population. The MoD officials and the three Services are closely monitoring the progress of various initiatives taken by the Ministry.— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) April 24, 2021
Amid emergency-like situation in the country, earlier last week, the Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has buckled up to make sure citizens of the country are provided with necessary resources. Rajnath Singh reached out to Army Chief MM Narvane, Defence Secretary and Chief of the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), and had asked them to provide expertise and necessary requirements to the citizens to fight the COVID-19 crisis. Singh also directed Army chief MM Naravane to contact Chief Ministers through local commanders and provide them with every possible help. As per the instructions from Defence Minister, Defence Secretary Ajay Kumar issued instructions of providing 67 Cantt Board Hospitals across India to let the Medical Service know that service should be given to both Cantt residents and non-residents.
India on Saturday crossed a grim landmark as it clocked its highest single-day rise adding 3.46 lakh new cases and 2,624 fatalities, taking the total of COVID-19 infections to 1.66 crores. After crossing more than 3.32 lakh cases earlier, India also became the country with the highest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases globally. The active cases have increased to 25.52 lakh in the country now.