Delhi has 3,734 beds ready for COVID-19 patients: LG office

Delhi L-G Anil Baijal

New Delhi, April 9 (IANS) Delhi has a total of 3,734 beds for COVID-19 patients at both government and private hospitals, Lt. Governor’s office said on Thursday.

These 3,734 beds are available at LNJP, RGSSH, GTB, DDU, BSA as well as private hospitals (including Max Super Specialty Hospital, Sir Gangaram Hospital and Apollo Hospital).

In a statement, the Raj Niwas said 20 Containment Zones (CZ) have been identified, “based on COVID Hotspots”, to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi.

“Cordoning of all CZs has already been done. Sanitization of all the CZs is being done by local municipal authorities. Doorstep delivery of all essential commodities is being ensured with the support of Food and Civil Supply Department or Market Associations,” the statement said.

It says mapping of the CZ and house-to-house survey is being conducted for the identification of suspected patients with influenza-like symptoms.

Also, the Delhi government has secured the supply of 3,500 Personal Protective Equipment per day and 28,000 N-95 masks per week for frontline health workers and professionals.

“Mass mechanized disinfection is being carried out by local bodies using one per cent hypochlorite solution spray in public and residential areas, bus stops, public toilets, markets, DMS/Mother Dairy booths and at taxi stands.”

The DUSIB is taking measures for the care of homeless people in the shelter homes, the statement said. Free lunch and dinner are provided to the homeless at all the shelter homes in Delhi.

“Adequate arrangement of soaps, hand sanitizers, protective masks and medical screening is being made in all shelter homes.”

As of April 8, 11,100 people are housed in shelter homes in Delhi and over 8 lakh people served free meals twice daily.

“In addition, the state-level hunger helpline for Delhi ‘1031’ has been established.”

Further, the government is also distributing PDS ration items at over 2,000 Fair Price Shops where increased monthly ration is given free, benefitting 71 lakh persons across Delhi.

“As many as 5,995 ASHA workers and 1,278 ANMs have been trained as the second line of support in the fight against coronavirus.”

As per the Centre’s direction, a list of retired government and private medical professionals has been circulated among all hospitals with instructions to engage them as per the requirement.

The Raj Niwas also said that the Delhi Police was asked to use technology to track mobile phones of those under home quarantine. “The Delhi Commissioner of Police has said that 23 violators of home quarantine have been booked under Section 188 of the IPC and sent to quarantine centres.”

Delhi has so far reported 669 coronavirus positive cases.

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