Chennai gets state-of-the-art Covid-19 hospital withi 750 beds, wifi, library

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami is inaugurating a 750-bed facility at the National Institute of Ageing in Guindy in the King Institute of Preventive Medicine and Research campus in Guindy, Chennai through video-conferencing today.

The facility will be exclusively for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. A building of the National Institute of Ageing, located on the premises of the King Institute of Preventive Medicine, has been set up as a 500-bed COVID-19 hospital for patients, while its hostel will function as a COVID-19 Care Centre accommodating up to 250 patients.

V. Anand Kumar, nodal officer of the COVID-19 facility at Guindy, said, “This exclusive COVID-19 facility can cater to patients with mild, moderate and severe coronavirus disease.

The hospital has been planned in such a way that it has wards, including for single, double accommodations, and even for four of a family depending on the availability. We have developed a software for our internal use to know the bed availability for better coordination.”

He added: “We have developed this facility in two weeks, and the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC) has readied the CT scan facility within this short span. We have a separate oxygen tank supply, and from 100 beds with oxygen lines, we have increased it to 300 beds.”

Out of the 750 beds, 300 beds will have ventilator facilities and 70 beds are allocated for Intensive Care Unit, stated reports. The hospital will have a WiFi facility, a small library and virtual yoga classes for the patients, said a report.

Last week, the Health Minister Vijayabaskar also announced that the 750-bed facility is ready and doctors and nurses had been appointed to the facility.
On Monday, the Chennai Corporation released data on the number of active cases in each zone of Chennai.

Kodambakkam has the most number of active COVID-19 cases with 2837, followed by Royapuram with 2426, Anna Nagar has 2349 patients receiving treatment while Teynampet has 2317. Tondiarpet has 2275 cases presently, Adyar has 1913 patients, Ambattur 1360,  Valasaravakkam 1,245 and Thiruvottiyur has 1214 active cases.