Amidst the rising cases of coronavirus Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a Covid-19 review meeting on Monday and decided to convert 14 private hospitals into Covid-Facilities hospital fully. The meeting was attended by ministers and top officers of the Delhi government.
There has been a remarkable increase in the number of positive cases in Delhi. It was observed that the occupancy of Covid ICU beds has crossed 85% in 57 out of 115 private hospitals and has reached 100% in almost all of the large private hospitals informed the Government.
“Held a review meeting. We are taking several steps to increase beds in both private and government sectors, Kejriwal said in a tweet.
The Delhi chief minister also urged people to cooperate. “Please follow covid protocols, don’t rush to a hospital unless necessary and go for vaccination if you are eligible,” he said.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has informed that around 5,000 more beds were added in the hospitals and out of the total, only two percent have been occupied in the national capital so far.
“We added 5,000 more beds last week and will add more. At present, there are 5,525 beds in Delhi. 190 beds are occupied which amounts to 2 percent. We have also requested the central government to increase beds to their current tally of 190,” Jain said.
The 14 hospitals to be converted into Covid-Facilities included the Indraprastha Apollo Hospital in Sarita Vihar, the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, the Holy Family Hospital, the Max SS Hospital and the Fortis Hospital in Shalimar Bagh.
The city government has further asked 19 other private hospitals to reserve at least 80% of their ICU beds for coronavirus-related treatment, according to the order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
Eighty-two private hospitals have been asked to set aside at least 60 percent of their ICU beds for coronavirus patients, according to the order issued by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).
“Furthermore, 101 private hospitals are directed to reserve at least 60 percent of their ward bed capacity for COVID-related treatment,” the government said. The health department, in another order, said the number of ICU beds without ventilator in six Delhi government-run hospitals has been increased to 487. There are now 1,913 non-ICU COVID beds in these hospitals as against 1,320 earlier.
The six government hospitals are the Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital, the Burari Hospital, the DDU Hospital, the Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital, the Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital and the Ambedkar Nagar Hospital.