Delhi Sikh Body To Provide Free Facilities At Its Centres For Covid Care

by Tonakshi Kalra
Delhi Sikh Body To Provide Free Facilities At Its Centres For Covid Care

In the wake of increasing cases of Covid-19 in Delhi, the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) has now offered to turn eight establishments run by it into Covid Care Centres to cater to patients with mild symptoms and those in need of oxygen cylinders. It has proposed to create 850 beds across some of its gurdwaras and educational institutions in the city to help people in need.

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Free Of Cost Facility

This offer was made through a letter sent to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by DSGMC. The DSGMC president wrote that all facilities would be free of cost and that they just need the government to attach these to nearby hospitals so that doctors, nurses and paramedic staff could look after patients conveniently. On that note, Delhi will have world’s largest Covid facility.

DSGMC president Manjinder Singh Sirsa was also reported as saying, “These centres could be used to admit those with low-grade fever, sore throat and other mild symptoms.”

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What Else Will Be Taken Care Of

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The president also added that they will take care of all meals, drinking water, general medicines, oxygen cylinders as well as haematological and biochemistry laboratory services for the admitted patients. The DSGMC has requested the Delhi government to give necessary permissions and sanctions for immediate operation of COVID Care Centres.

Proposed Establishments By DSGMC

The committee has offered:

  • 200 beds at its fully air-conditioned marriage hall at Gurdwara Nanak Piao Sahib,
  • 235 beds at Guru Harkrishan Yatri Niwas in Gurdwara Bangla Sahib,
  • 60 beds (30 rooms) at Guru Arjan Dev Yatri Niwas in Gurdwara Rakab Ganj Sahib,
  • 11 beds at Guru Hargobind Institute of Management and Information Technology,
  • 100 beds at Guru Harkrishan Public School,
  • 40 beds at Gurdwara Damdama Sahib
  • 50 beds each at Guru Tegh Bahadur Polytechnic Institute and Guru Nanak Sukhshala

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The DSGMC president also said that if the condition of any patient got critical, then the person could be referred to the COVID-19 hospitals, since these centres are mainly for patients with mild symptoms. “This is a time of crisis and we wish to help people in anyway we can”, he added.

Delhi recorded 1,859 new cases, taking the tally to 44,688 on 06.16.2020. With a surge in the Covid-19 cases, the Delhi government has been preparing to turn hotels and banquet halls into makeshift hospitals. If Delhi government gives a heads up to DSGMC, this will be considered a major contribution by the Sikh community in this difficult hour.