India’s Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Health & Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan has opened a new makeshift hospital and isolation centre.

The 10-bedded facility at Chennai has been set up by CSIR at 4th Battalion Centre and was inaugurated through video-conference.

The foldable and framed steel structure has been designed as a makeshift hospital solution for the patient to offer primary health facility keeping in mind safety, security and comfort.

A single person will be able to carry a couple of frames on his shoulder and assemble them at any site without much loss of time.

National Disaster Response Force has set up the isolation centre in partnership with CSIR-SERC (Structural Engineering Research Centre) at a cost of Rs3.76m.

The new makeshift hospital and isolation centre has ECG Monitors, Defibrillators, Pulse Oximeter, emergency oxygen supply cylinders and provides medical care for NDRF personnel infected with Covid-19.

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Harsh Vardhan said: “The new facility at 4th Battalion Centre, NDRF, Chennai is designed as a make-shift hospital solution for the patient to provide primary health facility with safety, security and a comfortable living environment and has a long life span of up to 20 years.

“It demonstrates a modern, durable, fast installable, safe and geographically as well as all-weather compatible fast deployable technology useful for disaster recovery as well as long pandemic or emergency situation.”

The system at Arakkonam has been designed to include features such as rapid erection, foldable, light in weight, economical, re-buildability with sufficient thermal insulation and water proofing feature.

The makeshift hospital structures, which are pre-fabricated, are easy to store and transport and extendable.

Additional features include anti-ultraviolet nature, multipurpose usage of space, high structural performance, water resistance, among others.