As part of its preparation to combat the expected third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Gujarat government has decided to make use of the Manuben Dhebar Sanatorium in Rajkot to erect a temporary 100 bed COVID facility. The decision in this regard was taken during a high power committee headed by Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
According to the chief minister, the American Indian Foundation will cooperate in setting up the 100-bed COVID facility. The chief minister also said that a decision has been taken to transfer the 3,670 square metre land of the sanatorium located next to PDU Medical College to the Department of Health.
The health department will eventually utilise the land for setting up a 400-bed permanent hospital. The infrastructure has been planned at the sanatorium that is lying in shambles, to add to the bed strength of the PDPU hospital.
Preparations for third wave
With experts predicting a third wave of the pandemic, the Gujarat government is taking several measures to strengthen its health infrastructure. Notably, the deadly virus causing the pandemic has already mutated several times and its delta variant that has now spread to around 100 countries is a major cause of concern.
COVID-19 situation in Gujarat
As far as the COVID-19 situation is concerned, Gujarat had reported 90 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday. The addition of the fresh cases had taken Gujarat’s total tally past 8.23 lakh.
Unfortunately, three deaths were reported in the state in the past 24 hours. The fresh fatalities had taken Gujarat’s COVID-19 related death toll to 10,059. One death was reported each from Ahmedabad, Vadodara and Devbhoomi Dwarka.
According to the health department, there were over 3,013 active cases of the virus in Gujarat. Of this, nine patients were critical and put on ventilator support. So far, 8.10 lakh patients have been discharged in the state after being treated for the viral infection. In fact, 304 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours.
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