IIT Gandhinagar Uses Whitepaper To Help Institutions Set Up In-House COVID Care Facilities

Institute had converted a Guesthouse to a COVID care facility in April, treating more than 240 patients, a strategy now being advocated by the Health Ministry in its latest guidelines issued on 17th May 2021

Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar has come out with a Whitepaper on the COVID-19 Care Facility is established in the campus during April 2021 to tackle the surge in cases in campus and local community during the Second Wave. The institute is keen that other institutions and communities across the country benefit from their experience in setting up this in-house COVID care facility and reduce the pressure on healthcare facilities across India.

Also, the Union Ministry of Health on Monday (17th May 2021) advocated for the creation of 30-bed Covid Care Centres in schools, community halls, panchayat buildings, educational institutions, housing societies and other communities. 

This will go a long way in relieving the pressure on India’s medical infrastructure, which is severely strained with shortages of beds, oxygen concentrators, oxygen tanks and respirators, among other facilities. 

IITGN converted its newly-built guest house to a COVID care facility that served not only to provide relief to hundreds of infected members of the community but contributed in a small way to relieving the added burdens these Covid positive patients would have otherwise imposed on Ahmedabad’s and Gandhinagar’s health infrastructure.

More than 240 Covid patients were served at the facility from 1st April 2021 to 15th May 2021 including a peak of 95 in mid-April 2021. All but one patient had been released from the facility (as of 18th May 2021). At its peak during April 2021, IIT Gandhinagar had a total of 248 active COVID-19 cases, of which 162 were on campus and the remaining among off-campus students, staff, outsourced workers, and their families.

The Whitepaper is publicly available.

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