Amid reports of acute shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in the national capital, Delhi government on Sunday declared all nursing homes with 10 to 49 beds as COVID-19 facilities.
“Small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes in the city having 10 to 49 beds have been declared as “COVID nursing homes” by the Delhi government to increase the bed capacity for coronavirus patients,” reads an official order.
Only standalone exclusive eye centres, ENT centres, dialysis centres, maternity homes, and IVF centres have been presently exempted.
“In order to avoid intermingling of COVID and non-COVID patients in small and medium multi-specialty nursing homes (10 bedded to 49 bedded) and also to augment the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, all nursing homes in NCT of Delhi having bed strength of 10 beds or more up to 49 beds are declared as COVID nursing homes,” it said.
All such nursing homes are required to make their COVID beds functional within three days of the issuance of the order failing which it would be treated as violation of Clause 14.1 of the Schedule appended to Rule 14 of the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2011 and action, as deemed fit, would be initiated against the defaulter nursing home, it said.
Meanwhile, the BJP has slammed the Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government saying it has issued another diktat.
“Delhi government has done it again! Issued an official diktat whereby all nursing homes with 10-49 beds have been declared COVID-19 nursing homes. All very well but who has ensured that they are equipped to handle COVID-19 patients? Delhi CM doesn’t seem to have grasped the problem!” tweeted BJP leader Amit Malviya.
Earlier on June 9, the Kejriwal government issued an order stating that 22 private hospitals will allocate more than 20 per cent beds for the treatment of coronavirus patients. With this capacity of these 22 hospitals went up to 3456 from 1441.