Al Shifa Hospital to set up 50-bed field hospital for Covid patients with Aster Volunteers help


Al Shifa Hospital to set up 50-bed field hospital for Covid patients, ties up with Aster Volunteers

For Okhla residents, who had been complaining over lack of Covid beds in Al-Shifa Hospital after the second coronavirus wave hit India hard, the good news is that Abul Fazal Enclave hospital is girding up to set up a 50-bed temporary hospital to treat financially weak and disadvantaged patients in need of critical care.

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However, how soon the beds will be set up is still not known.

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Arif Ali from Human Welfare Trust that runs Al Shifa Multispecialty Hospital said: “While we are doing everything we can to help as many patients in Delhi and NCR, it is still far from enough and the situation is getting worse by the day. We are glad to partner with Aster Volunteers and increase our capacity to serve patients and rise up to India’s need to manage the pandemic,” Arif Ali from Human Welfare Trust that runs Al Shifa multispecialty hospital said.

Several national dailies in the Middle East have covered this news reporting that Al Shifa Hospital will be helped by Aster Volunteers, the CSR arm of UAE-based Aster DM Healthcare and both have signed a partnership too.

Once the necessary infrastructure is in support with Aster backing, Al Shifa’s job will be to run the hospital.

Dr Azad Moopen, Founder-Chairman and Managing Director of Aster DM Healthcare, said: “India requires aggressive measures at the moment to be able to tackle the current situation. Our 14 hospitals in India, spread across Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Telengana, are at a war-footing to serve as many Covid positive patients as possible.

“(However), there is a sharp increase in the requirement for hospital beds being faced on a daily basis in major cities like Delhi, especially among the financially weaker segments of society.”