Azerbaijani president Ilham Aliyev, and first Lady Mehriban Aliyeva, on Thursday officially inaugurated Azerbaijan's first modular hospital, built in three weeks as part of the country's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The hospital complex is spread over an area of 3,000 square meters and will function under the Clinical Medical Center Number 1.
The hospital consists of three buildings with a total of 200 beds in 100 wards for admission and treatment of infectious patients with moderate-to-severe symptoms. If necessary, the wards can be turned into intensive care units by providing them with additional equipment.
Five more modular hospital complexes are expected to be commissioned in May, and four more by mid-June. These complexes will be installed and secured near existing hospitals in designated cities and districts, which will provide integrated management and medical coordination to provide coronavirus patients with the necessary medical services.
photo: An inside view of the new modular hospital opened in Baku 0n 7 May 2020 in response to the covid-19 pandemic (picture courtesy of the press serviuce of the president of Azerbaijan)
Specialists at the University of Sheffield in the UK estimate that the blast had about one tenth of the explosive power of the atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima during World War Two and was "unquestionably one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions in history".