Rashtriya Ispat Nigam Ltd (RINL), the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, is using all its might to build a 1,000-bed COVID Care Hospital at its functional hall in Ukkunagaram.
RINL-VSP has said that it is using “all its internal sources” and facilities for the healthcare facility. The 1,000-bed care center will make use of community and public halls in a phased manner for the treatment of COVID-19 patients. Inside the plant premises, fabrication work for the purpose is ongoing in the Utility Equipment Repair Shop (UERS). The required resources and arrangements to facilitate medical oxygen near the patients’ beds are being sped up so that the facility can be functional at the earliest.
The initiative was undertaken after a review meeting with the Union Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. The need to have such a facility in Visakhapatnam was crucial given the rapid increase in cases of COVID-19 in the city and the lack of infrastructure to handle the caseload. Other than one emergency ward in Visakhapatnam Steel General Hospital to treat non-COVID cases, all others have already been converted to cater to COVID patients.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, RINL has already supplied 11,000 tons of liquid medical oxygen (LMO) to various destinations around the country. The distribution and dispatches of LMO is following the guidelines of the Drug Controller Authority of India. RINL also supplied 100 tons of LMO to crisis-struck Maharashtra through the firstever ‘Oxygen Express’ in April this year.
In a press release, RINL stated that it would use the captive oxygen plant to supply LMO and that it stands with the nation in its fight against the dreaded pandemic.