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Festive season approaching, Delhi govt firm on stand to reserve Covid ICUs

Written by Sofi Ahsan
| New Delhi |

Up to date: October 17, 2020 10:18:04 am

The overall capability of ICU beds comes to three,239 in these 168 hospitals.

THE DELHI authorities on Friday informed the Delhi Excessive Court docket that greater than 50 per cent of ICU beds in 168 main non-public hospitals of the capital will stay obtainable for non-Covid sufferers even when 80 per cent of the beds are reserved for Covid sufferers in 33 of these well being establishments. The HC final month had stayed the federal government order wherein the state directed 33 main hospitals to order 80 per cent of ICU beds for Covid sufferers, in a petition filed by Affiliation of Healthcare Suppliers (India). The federal government, in its September 12 order, had additionally permitted the 33 hospitals to extend their whole mattress capability by 30 per cent.

Through the resumed listening to, Further Solicitor Basic Sanjay Jain sought modification of the keep order, as he submitted that instances are prone to go up in get up of the upcoming festive season. Nonetheless, Justice Navin Chawla adjourned the matter to November 18 to permit the petitioner to answer the federal government reply. Advocate Sanyam Khetarpal for the Affiliation of Healthcare Suppliers sought per week’s time to file the reply.

The federal government in a reply informed the court docket that there are 1,263 registered hospitals and nursing houses — 88 authorities and 1,175 non-public — within the state. There are 168 registered non-public hospitals, together with the 33 in query, which have a capability of 25 or extra beds. The overall capability of ICU beds comes to three,239 in these 168 hospitals. The order will not be relevant to greater than 1,100 well being establishments, leaving them particularly to cater to the wants of non-Covid sufferers, as per the reply.

“If all of the 168 non-public hospitals are thought of collectively, the entire ICU beds obtainable for non-Covid sufferers would come to 1,712 out of three,239, which is greater than 50%,” the reply filed by way of the state Director Basic of Well being Providers Dr Nutan Mundeja reads, including that info on availability of ICU beds for non-Covid sufferers in all these 168 non-public hospitals will probably be proven on the Delhi Corona App in real-time.

It additionally stated that the Covid-19 ICU mattress capability has elevated by 556 beds — from 875 on September 9 to 1,431 on September 22 — within the 33 hospitals because of the September 12 order, and nearly 500 sufferers have been capable of safe admission within the beds there on the energy of that state order. The state of affairs would have been “alarming” had these hospitals not been directed to extend the variety of ICU beds within the hospital at acceptable time, the federal government stated within the reply.

Explaining its choice, the federal government stated a few of the prime 33 non-public establishments had an occupancy of Covid-19 ICU beds starting from 0-35% on September 1 and the identical jumped to as excessive as 96-100% on September 11. After the federal government order on September 12, as per the reply, the occupancy of Covid-19 sufferers grew quickly within the 33 hospitals — from 715 out of 875 to 1,098 out of 1,431 whole Covid ICU beds within the 33 hospitals.

The state additionally stated that no affected person affected by a crucial sickness aside from Covid-19 has objected to the federal government order or complained of getting been harassed or disadvantaged of mandatory medical remedy. It additionally stated that out of the entire Covid hospitalisation instances of 5,676 on October 7, 1,173 instances pertain to these from exterior Delhi.

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