New Delhi: The Delhi University is preparing for the third wave of coronavirus after facing difficulties and losing several members of its faculties and non-teaching staff during the COVID-19 second wave.
The university has decided to convert one of its campus hostels into a COVID Care Facility with 200 beds. It will also arrange COVID care facilities in Jananki Devi Memorial and Hansraj College with 100 beds each. Further, to prevent fatalities in the third wave, vaccination drives are being organised at Keshav Mahavidyalay and Laxmibai College.
Vikas Gupta, DU registrar said, “These facilities will need medical equipment, beds, medicines, oxygen and above all doctors and nurses. To meet these needs, the varsity is planning to sign up with pathological labs and organisations to strengthen the facilities.”
Gupta said the focus will be on oxygen, the lack of which caused havoc in Delhi in the second wave. “The university will set up an oxygen plant that can fill in medical cylinders (50-80 cylinders per day),” he said.
The university has had talks with vendors and obtained quotes.
“We will provide cylinders to DU members and also to those in the neighbourhood. This step will help other educational universities and institutions as well,” said Gupta.