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Covid care: 360 beds set up at Chennai Trade Centre; 500 more to be added soon

The CTC will handle moderately ill patients. Distribution lines and oxygen flow metres have been installed for each bed.

Written by Janardhan Koushik | Chennai |
Updated: May 12, 2021 1:56:54 am
300 oxygenated beds set up at ChennaiIn Hall 1, there will be 360 beds and in Hall 2, there will be another 500 beds which are likely to be available by the last week of May. (Express Photo)

Amid the grave Covid-19 second wave, the Chennai Corporation Tuesday set up 360 beds at the Covid Care Centre in Chennai Trade Centre. Of these, 300 are oxygenated beds.

Newly appointed Chennai Corporation Commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi inspected the facilities at the centre, accompanied by Corporation Joint Commissioner (Health) Alby John Varghese and others.

The CTC will handle moderately ill patients. Distribution lines and oxygen flow metres have been installed for each bed. “The centre has been set up mainly to reduce the crowd at tertiary hospitals. Patients from government hospitals on the way to recovery, and those who are in need of oxygen will be referred here. As part of the initial phase, 360 beds will be available from Wednesday, while the remaining 500 will be available to the public soon,” a senior civic official said.

With the support of the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation, an 11-KL oxygen tank has been installed here. Another oxygen tank with the same capacity will be installed soon. The centre is also equipped with more than 50 mobile toilets. In Hall 1, there will be 360 beds and in Hall 2, there will be another 500 beds.

Health dept issues revised protocol

Meanwhile, in order to tackle the surge in Covid-19 cases, the Tamil Nadu health department has issued a revised protocol.

As per the new order, patients with oxygen saturation level (SpO2) above 96 should not be admitted to any hospital.

Patients with oxygen saturation level around 90-94 should be admitted in a nearby primary healthcare centre or Covid Care Centre, and if the saturation level falls below 90, they should be shifted to medical college hospitals/government hospitals/dedicated Covid-19 hospitals.

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