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Archbishop Peter Inaugurates 100-bed Covid Care Centre

In a momentous but meaningful development, and in a serious bid to battle against Covid-19 in the city, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Machado, the Archbishop of Bangalore Archdiocese, inaugurated a 100-bed Jeevan Jyothi Covid Care Centre, under the flagship initiative of Jeevan Jyothi Trust, in collaboration with St Martha's Hospital on Monday. Azim Premji Foundation has come forward to support the initiative.

As the number of daily Covid-19 cases continue to take a toll on the city’s already overburdened healthcare infrastructure, the Archdiocese of Bangalore quickly moved in to cater to the medical needs of the suffering patients.

Among the educational institutions under the Archdiocese. The sprawling campus of St Joseph’s School, Briand Square, Mysore Road was chosen for the Covid Care Centre. This will come as a huge relief to people who have tested positive, can walk in and avail of the medical care and oxygen to stabilize their saturation levels. The medical staff and administration of St Martha’s Hospital will supervise the Centre. This noble initiative is expected to ease the pressure on the already overburdened hospitals.

In recent times, Bangalore has been overwhelmed by the massive surge of Covid patients gasping for breath and desperately in need of the precious oxygen. Patients whose saturation levels are dangerously dropping are badly in need of either an ICU or a ventilator bed. It is common sight that the patients and their families make innumerable calls and run to different hospitals seeking a bed.

This Covid Centre initiative follows many such relief and support services undertaken by the Archdiocese of Bangalore. To name a few, ‘Here I Am’ a complete Covid burial services to the families who have lost their near and dear ones and have nowhere to go to give an honourable and dignified farewell in their last journey. Food kits for the poor families is another wonder initiative. Similarly, another touching initiative is that the young Covid volunteers lending a helping hand at various hospitals. Counselling too is offered to patients who are emotionally broken by trained and qualified counsellors. Besides the above, a one-point helpline “Breath of Life” is also established to provide a shoulder of support to the suffering masses.

It is suggested that prior appointment be made through this number 7411237622 before visiting the Centre.

Monsignor C Francis, Vicar General and Parish Priest of St Patrick’s Church; Rev Sr Gracy, Superior of St Martha’s Hospital, Rev. Dr Christopher Vimalraj Hiruthya, Secretary, Health Commission, Rev. Fr Cyril Victor Joseph, Director ACC, several dignitaries, priests and lay leaders were present at the occasion.

Dated: 17th May, 2021 - J A Kanthraj

PRO & Spokesperson

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