It seems that Delhi’s mismanagement in the fight against Corona, which was initially left to the state government, is getting rapidly addressed with the Union Home Minister Amit Shah coming to the forefront. Our earlier article Centre Steps in the Fray in a Big Way to Fight Corona in Delhi As Tall Claims of Kejriwal Tumble has explained the lapses in the management, and how the Centre gave specific directions to overcome those lacunae.
However, Home Minister Amit Shah did not stop at just giving directions. He started working on the ground and also engaged with the political parties to make it a concerted effort. A momentum towards a positive action that gives some hope to Delhi can be seen by some of the specific actions.
- Home Minister’s surprise visit to Lok Nayak Jay Prakash Narayan
- An all-party meeting
- The hurdles in the way of last rites to Corona deceased is addressed
Ramping up Delhi’s hospitals
One can see the glimpse of how the Centre is aiming to strengthen Delhi’s hospitals to cope with the situation in Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to LNJP hospital. Three key directions were given there.
- To install CCTV cameras in Corona wards of every Corona hospital, so that there is proper monitoring and problems of patients can also be resolved.
- Back-ups for canteens supplying food should also be established, so that in case there is an infection in one canteen, patients can continue to get food without disruption.
- psycho-social counselling of doctors and nurses engaged in service to humanity through the treatment of Corona patients should also be done. This will ensure that not only are they physically but also psychologically fit to fight the pandemic.
In the all-party meet, HM Amit Shah appealed to all political parties to ensure that decisions are implemented in earnest at the ground level. He called on the parties to mobilise their party workers to help implement the decisions taken by the Central Government for the welfare of the people of Delhi. He emphasised that political unity will create confidence among the public and lead to improvement in the pandemic situation in the capital.
Chaos in the last Rites Addressed
The fact that the supreme Court on June 12, 2020 came down heavily on Delhi government, observing that its mismanagement of dead bodies and treatment meted out to the Covid-19 patients was “worse than (that given to) animals”, which is sufficient to understand how much the matter had worsened in this aspect.
However, after Home Minister’s direction, all hospitals in Delhi including Central and State Government and private are speeding up cremation/last rites of bodies of COVID-19 patients. The hospital staff performed the last rites of most COVID-19 deceased with consent/presence of their families and relatives. Last rites of the remaining 36 deceased will be done by tomorrow as their next of kin are not in Delhi at present.