Jain Temples in Kandivali and Ghatkopar Converted into Covid Centre for Non-ICU Patients

Jain Temples in Kandivali and Ghatkopar Converted into Covid Centre for Non-ICU Patients
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A Jain temple trust in Kandivali (West) known as Pawan Dham has been converted into a coronavirus treatment centre that can be used by patients who do not require an ICU bed. Among the facilities at the site include beds, oxygen cylinders, defibrillators, and even an X-ray machine. 

On a normal day, the site would see devotees praying or meditating. But the changing circumstances have led the administrators of the trust to convert this into a centre for patients with minor to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. Around 50 doctors, nurses, and ward boys from a nearby hospital in Borivali will look after the patients at the centre.

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Volunteer at the temple, Pradeep Mehta said, “Everything in the temple has been packed and put away. Our 50,000-sq-ft space will wake up as a hospital. Every detail from breakfast to regularly informing their families on health and passing medical reports on a daily basis has been taken care of. The five-storey temple building is no less than a Covid hospital minus ICU beds.”

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The centre in Kandivali has a total of 100 beds while another temple at Ghatkopar has 60 beds. There are two Jain temples in Rajkot, Gujarat, that have been converted into COVID centres while trustees are reportedly mulling the conversion of temples into COVID centres in Junagadh and Kolkata.

“The time is such that every place of worship should open its doors and allow people to come in so that they get the necessary services and stay calm. Why do people donate? As they believe that temple trusts would put their monies to good use. So, at a time when people need us, we cannot step back or not act. And what is religion? Nothing more than service for humanity. Every place of worship currently needs to embrace humanity,” Jain monk, Namramuniji Maharaj said while speaking to TOI

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