Currently, as per the health bulletin on May 7, Chennai has only 258 oxygen beds available (Image used for representational purpose only)
CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has almost completed work on installation of 800 oxygen supported beds in Chennai Trade Centre (CTC) amid Chennai facing crisis of Covid-19 beds supported with oxygen. A senior GCC official said that 300 beds will be ready by Tuesday and the remaining 500 in another week.
Chief minister M K Stalin along with officials inspected the centre in Nandambakkam on Friday. GCC commissioner G Prakash and special officer on deputation to GCC for Covid-19, M A Siddique were present during the inspection.
The centre totally has a capacity of 862 beds. The remaining 62 beds will be for asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic patients, who do not need oxygen support.
Each oxygen-supported bed can serve upto 10 litre oxygen per minute. A 11 kl oxygen tank has been installed by the TN medical services corporation (TNMSC) on the centre campus, a senior official said. A distribution line and O2 flow meter has been installed for every bed.
The CTC had emerged as a crucial Covid care centre (CCC) in the city during the first wave of Covid-19. However, addition of oxygen beds has been done only this year.
Currently, as per the health bulletin on May 7, Chennai has only 258 oxygen beds available. GCC officials said that another similar facility is being created at the Communicable Diseases Hospital (CDH) in Tondiarpet as well. tnn