Noida, March 25 -- The Indian Medical Association (IMA), Noida chapter, has refused to bear the cost of renovating and installing equipment at two defunct private hospitals which were taken over by the Gautam Budh Nagar administration for developing isolation centres for Covid-19 patients.

In an order issued on March 20, the district administration had taken over the two defunct hospitals, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences in Sector 40 and Mitra Hospital in Sector 35. The district magistrate had reached out to the Noida chapter of the IMA in the hopes that the association will fund the renovation work at the hospitals and also provide medical staff to turn them into isolation centres.

"We had a meeting with the district magistrate (DM) ...