COVID-19: MSF opens a 100-bed treatment centre in hard-hit Bihar
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to rise in India, MSF today opened a 100-bed temporary treatment centre for COVID-19 patients in Patna, the capital of Bihar state in the northeast of the country.
The MSF COVID-19 treatment centre is housed in the remodelled Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna Indoor Stadium.
Fully managed by MSF, it will initially provide medical care to patients with mild or moderate symptoms to support the isolation of confirmed COVID-19 cases, and reduce community spread. As the pandemic evolves, and oxygen demand outstrips existing supplies, the focus will switch to providing high-flow oxygen to moderate-severe cases, and dignified palliative care to those who require it.
MSF is collaborating with the Bihar government and health authority, which will refer patients to the facility. This will decongest dedicated government-run COVID-19 treatment hospitals and allow them to focus on severe-critical cases.