Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that all health facilities of defence public sector undertakings (DPSUs) and Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) have been allowed to provide health services to civilians suffering from Covid-19.
“Reviewed the efforts of Ministry of Defence and the three services to fight against the current wave of COVID Pandemic through video conferencing facility. The Armed Forces and MoD will leave no stone unturned in providing all possible assistance to the civilian administration,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.
He said that the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is adding another 250 beds by Saturday evening at its Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Covid Hospital near the Delhi airport. The additional beds will take the total number of beds to 500. He also said that a 1,000-bed hospital has become operational in Gujarat.
“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,” Singh said in another tweet.
India is struggling with the second wave of coronavirus infection and hospitals in several states are reeling under a dearth of medical oxygen and beds given a rising number of Covid cases.