HAL sets up 160-bed COVID-19 care centre in Bengaluru, hands over to civic body

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The COVID-19 Care Centre has come up at HAL’s facility on the Old Airport Road

Extending its helping hand, the state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) set up a 160-bed care centre to treat COVID-19 patients in Bengaluru.

The COVID-19 care centre has come up at HAL’s unit on the Old Airport Road, the Bengaluru-headquartered aerospace and defence company said.

HAL authorities handed over the care centre to the Bengaluru Bruhat Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) authorities on Friday.

HAL said that it had converted its Ghatage Convention Centre into the CCC, complete with supporting infrastructure like toilets, bathrooms.

“The 160-bed unit was set up in 16 days,” said a HAL spokesperson.

In an MoU signed between HAL and the BBMP, represented by R Venkatachalapathy, Joint Commissioner, Mahadevapura Zone, the centre was handed over to the civic body for use. Alok Verma, Director of HR, HAL said that the centre will be used for the treatment of asymptomatic patients.

The BBMP is to make arrangements to staff the centre with doctors and paramedical staff, and has the responsibility for running the facility.

HAL said it has previously contributed Rs 26.25 crore to the PM-CARES Fund. The company has also identified over 600 beds to be utilized as a quarantine facility at its seven locations: Lucknow, Kanpur, Korwa, Hyderabad, Nasik, Koraput and Bengaluru.

Bengaluru’s total coronavirus cases have risen to 25,288 and the death toll crossed 500-mark so far.

On Thursday, Karnataka reported a big spike of over 4,000 cases and 100 deaths in a single day for the first time since the COVID -19 pandemic breakout early this year.

The state crossed the 50,000-mark to reach 51,422 cases on while the death toll also crossed 1,000-mark and stood at 1,032 on Thursday.

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