A Beacon Of Hope For Covid Patients
The Morning Standard|May 17, 2021
With the national capital struggling to provide beds, oxygen, medicine and other facilities to corona positive patients, a Covid care centre at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj is taking care of people for free with the spirit of selfless service, reports Ritwika Mitra
Ritwika Mitra

For Davinder Singh, admitting his uncle to the Covid care facility at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj was the most obvious choice. When coronavirus hit home, the various scenes of crisis from the hospitals since the second wave of the pandemic hit the country played up before Singh.

“My uncle had a high fever for a few days. When the oxygen level started dipping and the doctor told me that he needed hospitalisation, we called up a volunteer from the facility. He immediately sent an ambulance, and the admission was hassle-free. He is getting sound treatment there,” says Singh.

“The visual of dead bodies at hospitals has been haunting us... After admitting him at the facility at Gurdwara Rakabganj, we feel assured that he will be fine soon,” he adds.

When Covid patients not getting oxygen beds and their family running from pillar to post to avail oxygen, medicines and other facilities has become a nightmarish reality for the national capital, the facility at Gurdwara Rakab Ganj is a beacon of hope for such people in these times of crisis.

The newly set-up Sri Guru Tegh Bahadur Covid Care Facility was opened for the public on Monday, May 10. The centre set up by the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee (DSGMC) is equipped with all possible facilities for Covid patients short of ICU units.

Each of the beds at the 400bed facility is equipped with oxygen support. The patients are also provided medicine and food by the DSGMC. There 15 ambulances for ferrying patients. The ambulance service, food and treatment are free of cost at the facility.

It is linked to the Delhi government-run Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital with nearly 50 doctors from the hospital taking care of the patients admitted at the facility.

There are around 150 nurses and ward boys at the facility to provide relief to those admitted. The facility is admitting patients with mild to moderate Covid symptoms and those with oxygen levels of 85 and above. Each bed is attached to oxygen concentrators. The facility is open to women, men and children.

A speaker at the facility plays Gurbani and kirtan to provide a soothing ambience to patients, say volunteers.

Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president, DSGMC, recounts how the personal losses and the large-scale crisis unfolding in the capital and other parts of the country left him shaken.

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