Just a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that the government and private hospitals will only treat Delhiites during the COVID-19 crisis, the Delhi government has issued an order stating that 22 private hospitals will allocate more than 20 per cent beds for treatment of coronavirus patients. With this capacity of these 22 hospitals is now up to 3456 from 1441.
Earlier on Sunday, Kejriwal said on Delhiites will be treated in private and government-run hospitals in the national capital. However, he said there will be no such restriction for hospitals run by the Centre and patients from other states come to Delhi for specific surgeries, they can get medical treatment at private hospitals.
The announcement was made a day after a five-member panel constituted by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government suggested that the health infrastructure of the city should be used only for treating people of Delhi in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.
“Over 90 per cent people want Delhi hospitals to treat patients from the national capital during the coronavirus pandemic Hence, it has been decided that government and private hospitals in Delhi will only treat patients from the national capital,” Kejriwal had said.
Kejriwal had last week sought views of Delhiites on the issue while announcing the decision to close the city’s borders.
“Delhi’s health infrastructure is needed to tackle the coronavirus crisis at the moment,” Kejriwal said on Sunday.
There are around 40 Delhi government-run hospitals in Delhi including GTB Hospital LNJP Hospital, and Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital
Among the major Centre-run hospitals in the city are AIIMS, RML Hospital, and Safdarjung Hospital