The facility was built at a cost of 5.5 billion yen, including R&B, revenue, and other departments.
Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy practically inaugurated a 500-bed oxygen-assisted temporary Covid hospital in Tadipatri next to the Arjas Steel factory on Friday afternoon, which will be a major comfort to the COVID19 patients in the remote areas of Kurnool, Anantapur. Kadapa and Chittoor districts due to their geographical proximity.
In a brief capacity, the Chief Minister thanked Arjas Steel’s executive director, Sridhar Krishnamoorthy, for agreeing to save 40 MT of oxygen from his air separation plant, which has a capacity of 100 tons per day, and praised the district administration for their efforts to build such a plant soon to erect time. The facility was built at a cost of 5.5 billion yen, including R&B, revenue, and other departments.
At a time when oxygen availability was becoming very difficult and too many patients were craving an oxygen-assisted bed, Arjas Steel came forward and offered their oxygen gas, and Megha Engineering and Infrastructures Limited laid an 800 meter copper pipeline from the production unit under CSR activities from Arjas Steel to the makeshift hospital under German Hangers, which, according to the Prime Minister, was a commendable service to the population.
On Friday morning there were heavy rains, which led to water stagnation on the properties around the German Tents, although the system was not damaged by the storms. District Collector Gandham Chandrudu, who chaired the opening event, said the MD of Arjas Steel had a particular interest in obtaining the oxygen expansion tank and coordinating with the APMSIDC. The local church allowed six acres of their land to be used for the facility to grow to 13.56 acres.
R&B Minister Malagundla Sankaranarayana, Anantapur, and Hindupur MPs Talari Rangaiah and Gorantla Madhav attended the occasion along with several MLAs.
The Chief Minister also paid tribute to Joint Collectors Nishant Kumar and A. Siri for their commitment to ensuring the facility was built quickly. A drinking water system was provided, temporary toilets set up, a power connection provided by the APSPDCL and 280 people toiled day and night to finish the work at the earliest. Free catering was also created for the patients.
This will ease pressure on other large hospitals to provide oxygen-assisted beds in the three districts. With the COVID-19 positivity rate falling dramatically right now, there isn’t much demand for the oxygen-assisted beds, but when construction began the Anantapur district reported a positivity rate of over 40% and as of May 17 there were more than 14,000 active cases in the Compared to less than 4,000 now.