Rome Newsroom, May 14, 2021 / 06:00 am
St. Xavier’s University has opened care centers in Kolkata to treat people with COVID-19 who have no place to isolate at home.
Fr. Felix Raj, S.J., the vice-chancellor of the Catholic university, said that many poor villagers in the region live in households in which people are in close proximity to each other and that “it would not be prudent to expect that they can maintain physical distancing in such setups.”
“We cannot sit idle and be mute spectators to what is unfolding in our neighborhood amid a raging pandemic. St. Xavier’s University has always reached out to people in their hours of distress,” the Jesuit priest told The Telegraph in Kolkata.
The university is helping to start three isolation facilities with 90 beds in partnership with the Catholic Diocese of Asansol, in addition to a pre-hospitalization center on its campus.
The facilities will have beds, oxygen, nebulizers, trained nurses, and a doctor on call.
The number of COVID-19 cases has surged recently in Kolkata, also known as Calcutta, one of the most densely populated cities in India.
West Bengal, where Kolkata is located, reported its highest single-day spike in new cases on May 13, with 20,839 new cases in 24 hours, according to the state’s data.
Across India, a country with a population of more than 1.3 billion people, there have been reports of hospitals running low on beds and vital supplies, such as oxygen.