Bengaluru: As a result of relentless efforts by 350 people of DRDO for 21 days, a 500-bedded Covid care hospital has come up in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani. 

It was virtually inaugurated by Chief Minister of Uttarakhand Tirath Singh Rawat. 


This facility comprises 375 oxygen beds and 125 ICU beds with ventilators. With 100 per cent power backup, it is centrally air conditioned for all weather conditions. Pathology laboratory, Pharmacy, X-Ray and ECG etc. are inherent part of the facility. The Centre will become fully operational from June 03, 2021, says a statement from the ministry of defence. 

Not  just that, a control centre with Wi-Fi, CCTVs and helpline number has also been established for proper monitoring and hospital management through modern system software. Doctors and nursing staff to run the facility would be provided by co-located Government Medical College, Haldwani. 

To be very fair, such a herculean task requires coordination among various government agencies and arranging mammoth quantity of stores amidst countrywide lockdown. 

Ample measures have been taken in design and functioning of the hospital to meet any unforeseen challenges in future. Mandatory fire safety norms have been ensured with fire detection alarm system, fire hydrants, and fire-fighting equipment. 

DRDO develops Spo2 supplemental oxygen developmental delivery system: 

The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has plunged itself into helping out citizens in whatever way possible. 

Earlier, it had developed SpO2 (Blood Oxygen Saturation) supplemental Oxygen Delivery System, expected to help soldiers posted at extreme high-altitude areas.

“Being ever in the forefront to support the Indian Soldier in most difficult terrain and adverse circumstances, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed yet another system, which is of great value not only to the Indian Army soldiers fighting in the Extreme High Altitudes Areas but also would be a boon to the country in this extreme crisis of Covid 19 pandemic,” DRDO had said in a statement.

Developed by Defence Bioengineering & ElectroMedical Laboratory (DEBEL), Bengaluru of DRDO, the system delivers supplemental oxygen based on the SpO2 levels and prevents the person from sinking in to a state of Hypoxia, which is fatal in most cases, it sets in. This automatic system can also prove to be a boon during the current Covid-19 situation.