Delhi: 4 hospitals with 3,500 beds to provide free treatment for Coronavirus
Around 3,500 beds would be made available in Lok Nayak Hospital along with GB Pant Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital together, where patients could get free treatment of COVID-19.
Delhi - Lok Nayak Hospital (LNH) along with GB Pant Hospital (GBPH), Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital (RGSSH) and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital have been asked to keep aside 3,500 beds for free COVID-19 (coronavirus) treatment for the positive cases. The Delhi Health Department has directed the private hospitals to be prepared for being declared the COVID-19 dedicated hospital if the cases increase.
The decisions to this effect were taken in a meeting convened by the Delhi Health Minister to review the preparations to fight coronavirus.
Private hospitals -- Sir Ganga Ram Kolmat Hospital, Indraprastha Apollo, Batra, Maharaja Agrasen, Fortis SS, Manipal and Venkateshwar -- were asked to be ready for being declared as COVID-dedicated hospitals. "It was informed that the Delhi government is buying one lakh 'rapid test kits' for coronavirus which could give instant results and it was decided to share the same with private hospitals," according to the minutes of the meeting, quotes IANS
It was also decided that around 3,500 beds would be made available in "LNH+GBPH, RGSSH and GTBH together, where patients could get free treatment of COVID-19."
Also, it says 42 beds at Ganga Ram Kolmat Hospital, 50 beds at Apollo Hospital and 36 beds at Max Devkidevi Hospital will be providing paid facilities for COVID-19 patients.
The hospitals were also asked to train the staff for dealing with the virus, in case the hospital was declared COVID-19 dedicated. So far, 550 coronavirus cases have been reported in Delhi with a total of nine deaths.
On April 7, the Delhi Chief Minister also announced a '5T plan' for Delhi to tackle COVID-19 cases. This plan includes -- Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Team Work and Tracking and monitoring.
He said the government will conduct one lakh random coronavirus tests in Delhi's hotspots.