DRDO scouts for location to set up 500-bed COVID facility in north Bihar

Team explores sites in Chakkar Maidan, Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT), Patahi airport and CRPF camp at Jhapahan; proposed facility will have 150 ventilators

The COVID-19 facility in Bihar would be built along the lines of the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel COVID-19 Hospital (in pic) in Delhi. Photo: PTI

A two-member team of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) visited Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district to find a suitable location for setting up a 500-bed temporary COVID-19 hospital, an official said on Sunday (July 26).

The hospital, to be built on the lines of another facility set up by the DRDO in Delhi, will cater to coronavirus patients in north Bihar, he said.

The DRDO team, accompanied by district administration officials, explored four sites in Muzaffarpur — Chakkar Maidan, Muzaffarpur Institute of Technology (MIT), Patahi airport and CRPF camp at Jhapahan – on Saturday, District Magistrate Chandrashekhar Singh said.

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Once the site is chosen, work will begin immediately, and the facility is likely to get operational in a matter of 15 days, he said.

Of the 500 beds at the hospital, at least 150 will be equipped with ventilators, Singh added.
Bihar has recorded 36,314 cases so far. Over 230 have succumbed to the disease, while 24,520 people have recovered.

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