Indian state of Nagaland is setting up a 200-bed acute care hospital at Dimapur due to the urgent requirement of ICU and oxygen supported beds for Covid-19 patients.

The hospital is being built at Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR) Dimapur with an investment of Rs300m ($4.12m).

Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom said: “We are also in the process of setting up a 200-bed acute care facility at the CIHSR campus on a war footing.”

This pre-engineered structure will be used as a medical facility after the Covid-19 situation improves.

Work on the pre-engineered hospital was completed in a few weeks after securing the necessary approvals.

Nagaland principal secretary of health and family welfare department Amardeep S Bhatia said that given the emergency, approvals for the hospital have been accelerated by invoking provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

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The decision to locate the hospital in the CIHSR was taken due to the availability of the land.

The facility will serve as a “smart acute care hospital”, with its structure made of steel and tempered glass, Bhatia added.

The guaranteed life of the building is 20 years.

As per the initial proposal, the hospital was to have 176 beds but has been expanded to 200-beds with the inclusion of a 24 bed pediatric ICU ward.

This has been done in view the predicted third wave of Covid-19 that may impact children.