The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has offered its Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College as a Level 3 hospital in the fight against Covid-19 and the BJP led Uttar Pradesh government is likely to agree with university’s offer.
According to an ET report, state government’s special secretary Shatrunjay Kumar Singh wrote to the state health department on June 29 to provide a proposal along with its recommendation in this regard. This came weeks after Professor Tariq Mansoor, the vice chancellor of AMU, wrote to chief minister Yogi Adityanath on May 23 offering the services of the medical college.
Mansoor wrote that the Aligarh division, which comprises four districts, did not have a Level-3 dedicated-Covid hospital and that the AMU had procured ventilators, oxygen supply and testing machines from its own resources.
Level-3 hospitals are supposed to be for serious patients.
“Our doctors, nurses, and medical staff are providing their service day and night in a Covid-19 ward in Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College and capacity of the ward has been increased to 80 beds and centralised oxygen supply has been ensured. 10 ventilators have also been provided in the ward, one RT-PCR testing machine has been procured and orders for four more ventilators have been placed,” Mansoor wrote in his letter to the CM.
“A dialysis machine has also been ordered and an operation theatre, labour room and dialysis facilities are available at the medical college. The AMU has spent from its own resources for these machines and providing treatment,” he wrote.
Mansoor, who has a master’s in surgery, said the medical college fulfilled all requirements of a Level-3 hospital and that the Aligarh division had no dedicated Level-3 facility. “By designating the medical college as a Level-3 hospital will benefit patients even more,” the letter said.