Rotary sets up Covid ward at Jaipur hospital

With a quick sanction of global grant during the pandemic, RC Jaipur Round Town, RID 3054, has set up a Covid ward at the Rajasthan Hospital, Jaipur, in partnership with RC Emory-Druid Hills, RID 6900, US, at a cost of $69,500.

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Although the Rajasthan government was doing its best to control spread of Covid, a large number of patients were forced to go to private hospitals with beds in government hospitals already filled to capacity. “The private hospitals were charging huge amount for treatment and the patients had no choice. We were looking for a hospital that could provide treatment at no profit basis or at least at government rates and this hospital agreed to it,” said PDG Ramesh Agrawal, primary contact of the project.

The club procured the equipment to start a 70-bed Covid treatment facility at the hospital and set up a round-the-clock Covid Command Centre to provide virtual diagnosis and medical support for quarantined patients. “The command centre has so far treated over 1,000 admitted patients and 3,000-plus home quarantined patients during the Covid period,” said Agrawal. In the first five months, around 100 patients visited the Covid ward. Till September 2020, 550 patients were admitted and treated. “Our members, especially doctors, visit the ward and are in close touch with the doctors,” he added.

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