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CRPF, AIIMS set up shelters for patients’ attendants

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Delhi joined hands to set up 160-bedded five temporary shelters for patients and their attendants near the Trauma Center.

At a time when the whole of North India, including the national capital is reeling under severe cold wave conditions, this move of Delhi-AIIMS and CRPF will provide much needed relief to attendants who can stay in these shelters.

The facility is equipped with basic facilities, including an enclosed area for children to play.

It may be noted that patients from different parts of the country are referred to the trauma center of the AIIMS for treatment. However, due to lack of residential facilities the attendants need to make their own staying arrangements, which put considerable pressure on their finances.

Those who cannot afford accommodation are left with no option but to live in the open sky or they have to plead for staying from others. Even arranging two meals becomes an uphill task for them.

While speaking to Drug Today Medical Times, Mr SL Thaosen, DG, CRPF, said, “We have initiated this step in 2020 just before COVID19 for poor patients and their attendants. Recently, the Delhi-AIIMS Director requested us if these shelters can be restarted. We considered it and agreed on it as it is a novel step.”

“This place has the facility of staying, along with common space designated for recreation. They can also stay warm here. We are also in touch with NGOs who can contribute for these people. As of now we will continue this facility in winters and if there is further demand or it works we will continue it,”Mr Thaosen added.


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