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Amid Covid case spike, Delhi govt orders Lok Nayak, GTB hospitals to cancel routine surgeries

With Covid instances persevering with to extend within the capital, the Delhi authorities has ordered that every one routine surgical procedures be cancelled in two of its largest hospitals — Lok Nayak and Guru Teg Bahadur. Each hospitals had been working Covid-19 providers on 750 beds, whereas the remainder of the beds had been being utilised for non-Covid-19 providers.

Lok Nayak hospital was working its routine operation theatres at 50% capability, whereas GTB hospital had lowered the numbers too to create space for Covid-19 sufferers.

“In view of the surge within the variety of Covid-19 instances in Delhi, it’s hereby directed that routine/ elective surgical procedures shall be suspended in LNH and GTB hospitals… until additional orders,” states the order issued Tuesday evening by particular secretary (well being) S M Ali.

Final week, AIIMS had suspended all routine providers.

This comes even because the Delhi well being minister stated hospitalisations had been on the decline, with the surge seemingly near its peak. He stated solely 15% of the 15,000 beds obtainable throughout metropolis hospitals for Covid-19 therapy was occupied. The federal government ready for 37,000 hospital beds.

Hospitalisations stood at simply over 2,400 as per Thursday’s well being bulletin.

The hospitals had began curbing routine providers just like the outpatient clinics when healthcare staff began testing optimistic in massive numbers.  “We’re feeling the crunch now as a result of there was already a scarcity of workers with first-year PG college students not coming in and now many docs testing optimistic collectively,” stated a senior physician from GTB hospital.

Final week, greater than 750 docs had been optimistic for the an infection at six of Delhi’s largest authorities hospitals.

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