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Punjab CM Inaugrates Covid Hospital At Talwandi Sabo In Bathinda

Chandigarh: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday virtually inaugurated a 100-bed makeshift Covid hospital at Talwandi Sabo in district Bathinda, scaling up the state’s preparedness for a third wave of the pandemic.

Thanking the HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd (HMEL) team for supporting the state government in the development of the hospital to tackle future waves of the pandemic, the CM described it as yet another example of Punjabis rising to every challenge, including during war time. No war since Independence had led to such loss of lives as the pandemic, he pointed out, adding that “we have fought together but the war is still on and we have to be prepared for the third wave.”

The CM recalled that at the time of his first election from Talwandi Sabo, the region was deserted, with minimal facilities, and pointed to the progress made since then. 

The 100-bed makeshift hospital for Covid patients has been built at a cost of Rs 651.21 lakhs, with the help of HMEL Refinery, Bathinda, under the guidelines of CBRI, Rorkee. The Government of Punjab has provided Rs. 4,51,21,000/- for setting up of this hospital out of SDRF funds, and HMEL Refinery Phullo Khari has contributed Rs. 2.0 crore out of CSR funds. HMEL Refinery has also provided total 2.6 acre land for setting up the hospital. The land is sufficient for extension upto 200 beds in future as per requirement. 

Health Minister Balbir Singh appreciated the establishment of such a modern facility in record time. Finance Minister Manpreet Badal said the national emergency had turned out to be a classic case of moving mountains once we make up our minds, and lauded the role of young officers in tackling the situation. Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan said a similar facility would be available in Mohali soon.