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Centre and Amit Shah Come to Delhi’s Rescue, Yet Again

spike in Corona positive cases

During the initial phase of COVID-19 pandemic, the national capital was in tatters. There were not enough tests, it was difficult to find beds for Corona positive patients, even the disposal of dead bodies was a problem. That’s when the Centre stepped in. Home Minister Amit Shah took the lead and ensured coordination among various levels of administration in Delhi. He himself visited hospitals to ensure a seamless and people-friendly healthcare system. Due to this persistent efforts, the situation in Delhi came under control.

Now, once again Delhi is witnessing the spike in Corona positive cases with the onset of winter and pollution due to stubble burning. It is once again the Centre and the Home Minister Amit Shah in action.

Corona Spread in Delhi – Measures by the Centre

On Sunday November 15, Home Minister Amit Shah held a review meeting regarding the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, in the backdrop of rising number of cases and the increasing strain on the capacity of medical infrastructure in the hospitals of the capital.

Testing: It was directed that the testing capacity for RT-PCR tests would be doubled in Delhi, by optimally utilizing the lab capacity within Delhi.  Mobile testing labs are to be deployed in areas where poor and vulnerable sections of the society reside. There will be temporary shifting of some testing labs from other parts of the country, where they are unutilized, to Delhi.

Hospital infrastructure: It was decided that 250-300 additional beds with ICUs would be added to the existing medical facility of DRDO at Dhaula Kuan, where, presently, around 250 beds have been provided with ICUs, out of the total available 1,000 Covid-19 beds. The 10,000 bed Covid Care Centre established at Chattarpur would also be strengthened, with a view to enhance availability of beds with oxygen capacity. A few identified hospitals of the Municipal Corporations of Delhi would also be converted as dedicated hospitals for Covid-19 treatment, especially for accommodating patients with milder symptoms.

The manpower: Additional doctors and paramedical staff from the (Central Armed Police Forces) CAPFs would soon be airlifted to Delhi. Dedicated multi-departmental teams would visit all the private hospitals in Delhi, to physically check the availability of Covid-19 medical infrastructure vis-a-vis the admission status, and to ensure that the correct position of availability is displayed prominently.

Containment measures: An entire set of containment measures instituted earlier, such as establishment of containment zones, contact tracing and quarantining, and screening, particularly of vulnerable sections of society, will be reviewed continuously, so that there are no gaps in implementing these measures. The officers at District levels have been made responsible for ensuring compliance in this regard, and any deviation observed in this regard is to be viewed seriously.  A track on home quarantine people is emphasised so that they are shifted to regular hospitals, as soon as urgent medical attention is deemed necessary. House-to-house survey of entire Delhi will be conducted by the teams of AIIMS, Government of NCT of Delhi and Municipal Corporations (MCDs) of Delhi; so that, all the symptomatic persons found in the survey would be tested and provided the necessary treatment.

Delhi’s state of affairs back in the month of June can be recalled from this article: Centre Steps in the Fray in a Big Way to Fight Corona in Delhi As Tall Claims of Kejriwal Tumble