Delhi Hospitals Fully Equipped To Deal With Covid: Manish Sisodia


Sisodia told reporters at the hospital, “LNJP has 200 beds and out of these 450 are reserved for Kovid-19 patients. If need arises and we can dedicate all 2000 beds for Kovid-19. We can also increase this number by using the adjacent banquet halls and arrange for 500 additional beds for Kovid-19, so that there is no shortage. He said, “The availability of oxygen has increased 10 times as compared to earlier, five PSA (Pressure Swing Absorption) plants have been set up here and ventilators are also available.” The Deputy Chief Minister said that Delhi government hospitals are ‘fully equipped to fight Covid’. He said that the Delhi government’s hospitals and health directorate are ‘fully prepared to fight the coronavirus’.

A senior official said that Sisodia visited the LNJP around 12 noon and spent 30 to 40 minutes there to review the preparedness as part of a ‘mock drill’. Several hospitals across the country on Tuesday conducted mock drills to check the preparedness of healthcare facilities to deal with any surge in COVID-19 cases.

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that it is important to assess the operational preparedness of equipment and human resources. In Delhi, apart from the LNJP hospital, mock drills were also conducted in several other government hospitals like the Safdarjung Hospital under the Centre, and private hospitals including the Apollo Hospital in South Delhi. A hospital source said, “Officials from the district administration had visited the hospital on Monday and checked our medical preparedness. Mock drill was done on Tuesday. The Deputy Chief Minister told the people not to panic. He said that the initial data suggests that the new BF.7 subtype of the corona virus is similar to the earlier forms.

LNJP Medical Director Suresh Kumar said that there is no need to panic, but people should be alert, follow the guidelines related to Kovid-19 and take precautionary doses of vaccines. In the ‘mock drill’, other aspects including availability of beds, medical personnel, referral resources, testing capacity, medical equipment and accessories, telemedicine (medical service with the help of telecommunication and digital mediums) service and medical oxygen availability were reviewed. Officials said that on a real-time basis data on the availability of beds, oxygen cylinders and ventilators for the general public will be available on a portal of the Delhi government from Tuesday. An official said that the investigation related to Kovid-19 is also likely to be accelerated soon and at present about 2,500 to 3,000 samples are being tested daily in the city.

According to official figures, till now there have been around 20,07,143 cases of epidemic in Delhi and 26,521 patients have died. Since mid-November, the number of daily cases of infection is less than 20 and the infection rate is less than one percent.

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