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Delhi Police to convert their Rohini Covid Care Centre into a hospital

The Delhi Police's Rohini Covid Care Centre will soon become a hospital (Pic: Courtesy Twitter/@SanjaySingh_IPS)

Keeping in mind the medical and health requirements of the force and their families, Delhi Police has decided to convert their Rohini Covid Care Centre into a small hospital.

Disclosing to the senior officers of this decision, the Delhi Police Commissioner, S.N. Shrivastava informed of this decision to convert the Rohini centre to a small hospital, the first of its  kind for the personnel and their family members.

This follows the opening of two Covid facilities in Shahdara and Rohini districts a month ago. 

Explaining to the Indian Express an officer of the force the rationale behind this conversion, he said:  “We had decided to open care centres after cases of Covid infection started rising among Delhi Police personnel, who are frontline warriors. In some instances, they faced problems getting admission in hospitals. These centres have been constructed for them to get immediate relief till the time they get admission in regular Covid hospitals.”

Going further, the officer added: “Now, learning from this pandemic, it has been decided to start our own hospital for all police personnel and their family members. As of now, a team of three to four officers has been appointed to make a plan and discuss with the authority concerned.”

Besides this, the Commissioner also during this review meeting took up the issue of welfare of the force and asked the DCPs of all the districts to make their personnel aware of the importance of vaccination and encourage them to get it done for their family.

Sharing this with the media, the officer said: “He told all DCPs that several vaccination centres have been identified for vaccination of Delhi Police personnel and their family members. The DCPs concerned will be responsible for ensuring all arrangements at these centres.”

In April the DCPs and in-charge of other units were asked to ensure help for the force in getting medicine and hospital beds and also find out about the problems faced by them in this connection.

A number of Delhi Police personnel have tested Coronavirus positive and more than a dozen died.

To take care of the family members of those policemen who have lost their lives in line of duty due to Covid or otherwise, Shrivastava also instructed the DCPs to interact with them personally. “He asked that all possible help be provided to them, and their pending medical bills from CGHS empanelled private hospitals be cleared at the earliest.”

Covid care centres

Last month, when the surge in Coronavirus cases affected the staff and their family, the Delhi Police had decided to set up three fully functional Covid care centres. These were to be located in the newly built quarters at Shahdhara, Rohini and Dwarka with oxygen beds. At the Shahdra complex of the 78 beds, 20 were oxygen ones, while in Rohini of the 20, 10 were equipped with oxygen. The PTS Dwarka facility was to become operational soon.

It was decided that these centres will be funded by the Delhi Police resources.