Ajmer Sharif Dargah’s community halls and guest houses will turn into COVID care centres to help strengthen the fight against COVID-19. By Kumar Shree
As Rajasthan grapples to cope with the rise in COVID-19 cases, the scarcity of hospital beds is further worsening the situation. Keeping this in mind, the shrine authorities of Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan proposed to turn their community halls and guest houses into COVID care centres. Acting upon the same, as per the latest media reports, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has agreed to the proposal.
As per the recommendation, three community halls and two guest houses of Ajmer Sharif Dargah – Chishty community hall, Chishtyya guest house, Anjuman Moinia guest house, Anjuman Moinia community hall, and Shaikh Yaadgar community hall – will be turned into COVID care centres. Since Jawaharlal Nehru Hospital is the only COVID dedicated hospital in Ajmer, this initiative will help in easing the pressure on the existing medical infrastructure.
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As reported by ZEE5, Naqvi in his response letter to the request of the Dargah Committee said, “During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is the moral and humanitarian duty of every institution in the country to provide full support for the health and well-being of the people in this challenging time.”
The minister also urged the Dargah Committee and its people to help and cooperate with the transformation process and hand over the resource to the state government for better utilisation. Similarly on Monday, April 26, the Minority Affairs Ministry also decided to allocate Haj Houses to state governments for use as temporary care centres for COVID patients. As reported by The Times of India, “It has been decided to give Haj Houses in different states of the country to the state governments to utilise them as temporary Corona care centre,” Naqvi said.
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