Worker jumps to death, Covid facility inauguration put off

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Due to an employee jumping to her death, the inauguration of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation’s 100-bed isolation facility at Balak Ram Hospital in Timarpur, Delhi, by Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, has been postponed.

A 53-year-old woman employee of the hospital ended her life on July 16 by jumping from the third floor of the facility. The victim has been identified as Kaushalya Devi, a resident of Delhi's Dhaka village.

"It was already decided that this isolation facility shall be inaugurated by the Health Minister. However, with this incident, there will be no inauguration," said north Delhi mayor Jai Prakash.

He said, “Supply of water and electricity has been arranged at the second floor where 100 beds are placed in three big halls. Oxygen cylinders have also been arranged and regular cleaning of the premises has been done.”

The facility will be empanelled with Hindu Rao Hospital and suspected or asymptomatic Covid-19 cases will be transferred there, he added.


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