2,700 additional beds in next 5 days: Delhi deputy CM | Delhi News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia on Tuesday said the daily Covid-19 cases in the city might go into the 28,000-30,000 range and 2,700 beds would be added in hospitals in the next five days.
Sisodia, who has been appointed nodal minister for Covid-19, said, “Delhi government is working on a war footing to increase the number of beds in the city hospitals.” Between April 3 and 20, the number of beds has been increased three times — from 6,071 to 19,101, Sisodia said, appealing to people not to rush to hospital in panic if they test positive. “If you are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms, the most effective way to fight Covid-19 is through home isolation,” he said, urging people to religiously follow the weeklong restrictions.
The Burari hospital has 320 beds, which will be increased to 800, and the capacity at Ambedkar Nagar Hospital will be made 600 from the current 200, and at Deen Dayal Upadyay Hospital, it will become 750 from 250. Acharya Shree Bhikshu and DRDO’s Covid care centres will get 250 beds each, while Satyawadi Raja Harishchandra Hospital of Narela will have 400 beds instead of the current 200. A Delhi government school, with 125 beds, will be connected to LNJP Hospital and the Commonwealth Games Village centre in east Delhi will have 500 Covid-19 beds. All these beds will be ready in the next four-five days.
Around 2,500 beds are still vacant in Delhi, Sisodia said. He urged people to check the status of beds on the Delhi Corona app before going to a hospital as it would save time. Sisodia reiterated that the hospitals feeding inaccurate information into the app or refusing patients despite having beds would be dealt with strictly. Several patients are finding it difficult to get beds and some hospitals are also turning away patients citing non-availability of beds.
He appealed to people not to rush to hospital unless necessary and to adopt home isolation as an effective model. The minister said, “Home isolation is the most effective way to fight Covid-19. During home isolation, doctors regularly keep in touch with people over the phone. Go to hospital only if you have high fever or severe symptoms.”
During his visits to various hospitals, patients complained that doctors were not coming to see them. As doctors come in PPE kits, Sisodia said, patients often fail to recognise them.
Earlier in the day, Sisodia, along with health minister Satyendar Jain, visited Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini to take stock of arrangements and instructed the authorities to add 400 Covid beds. He also directed them to provide better service to patients.

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