Doctors working on COVID-19 cases to stay in 5-star hotels in UP, Delhi

An official said the medical staff won't be allowed to go home and will stay in hotels for quarantine

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Lucknow Commissioner said more hotels will be taken over for the purpose if required | Representative Photo

Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff, who are working with coronavirus patients, will be lodged in four five-star hotels in Lucknow and Delhi. This includes some of the top hotels in the two cities like Hotel Hyatt and Hotel Lemon Tree in Lucknow and Hotel Lalit in Delhi.

Besides, UP officials said on Monday (March 30), Avadh Shilp Gram on Shaheed Path and Indira Gandhi Pratishthan have also been prepared as quarantine centres to house those arriving from outside Uttar Pradesh.

Lucknow Commissioner, Mukesh Meshram, said an isolation ward has been set up in Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Gomti Nagar area. Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff deployed there will be put in Hotel Hyatt and Hotel Fairfield for quarantine, he said.

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Similarly, the medical staff working in the isolation ward of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGI), Lucknow will be put in Hotel Piccadily and Hotel Lemon Tree, he said.

Meshram said the medical staff working with coronavirus-affected persons will not be allowed to go home and will stay in these hotels for quarantine.

Arrangement for food and other requirements for them will be made in these hotels, he said. The commissioner said more hotels will be taken over for the purpose if required.

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He said Hotel Hyatt and Hotel Fairfield will be under the director of Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, A K Tripathi, while Hotel Piccadily and Hotel Lemon Tree will be under the director of SGPGI, RK Dhiman.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced the doctors on coronavirus duty at Lok Nayak Hospital and GB Pant Hospital will be lodged at Hotel Lalit. In a tweet, the Delhi CMO said, “Doctors are on the frontlines of the battle against Coronavirus. All doctors serving in Delhi government’s Lok Nayak Hospital and GB Pant Hospital on COVID-19 duty will now be housed in Hotel Lalit.”

Meanwhile, Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister CN Ashwath Narayan said Ola Cabs has agreed to provide 500 vehicles to the government for transporting doctors and for other COVID-19 related activities.

“Olacabs has agreed to give 500 OLA vehicles for #Covid_19 related activities in Karnataka. These vehicles will be used by the government for commute by doctors and Covid 19 related activities. Greatly appreciated move by @olacabs and its CEO @bhash ! #IndiaFightsCorona,” he tweeted.

(With inputs from agencies)

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