The second phase of the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) Covid care centre has opened in Mumbai, India to treat patients suffering from critical symptomatic Covid-19 infection.

Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) constructed the makeshift hospital at BKC grounds and handed over the facility to the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM) on 17 June.

The first phase of the BKC Covid care centre was completed on 16 May and handed over to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for use on 18 May.

MMRDA noted that the Phase II facility houses 1,000 beds, including 100 beds for intensive care unit (ICU) and the remaining 900 beds are divided into oxygen and non-oxygen provision.

The facility has ventilator machines, dialysis machines, ICCU beds, including five function motarised beds, CT-scan machine, quarantine beds, oxygen pipeline connection and portable X-ray machine, among other equipment.

In a statement, MMRDA metropolitan commissioner RA Rajeev said: “We are really very happy to set up this mega health carecentre at BKC for the treatment of Covid positive patients. It gives me immense confidence that we were able to do our bit in this critical time of pandemic.

“The patients who received treatment in the first phase facility of the healthcare centre have shared their testimony and expressed their satisfaction in getting timely treatment and necessary care which was required to eliminate corona.”

To date, more than 500 patients have received treatment at the first phase facility of the BKC Covid care centre.

The Phase I facility has 1,036 quarantine beds, oxygen pipeline connection, portable X-ray machines and electrocardiography machine, along with additional medical equipment.

MMRDA noted that the construction of first phase of the makeshift hospital cost approximately INR190.1m ($2.49m).