Delhi hospitals gasping for breath, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

Kejriwal writes to PM Modi and Union minister Piyush Goyal to ensure uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen, ramping up of beds

Published: 19th April 2021 07:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th April 2021 08:23 AM   |  A+A-

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal inspects Covid care facilities inside the CWG Village on Sunday as coronavirus cases surge in New Delhi. (Photo | EPS/PARVEEN NEGI)

Express News Service

NEW DELHI:   As the healthcare system is nearing collapse in Delhi, with the city registering the biggest jump in daily Covid-19 cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday shot off letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Commerce and Industries Minister Piyush Goyal urging them to ramp up bed capacity in central government- run hospitals and to ensure “uninterrupted” supply of medical oxygen. “The Covid situation has become very serious in Delhi.

There is a huge shortage of beds and oxygen. I request that at least 7,000 out of 10,000 beds in central government hospitals in Delhi be reserved for Covid patients and oxygen be immediately provided in Delhi,” he wrote to the PM.

At present, only 1,800 of 10,000 central government hospital beds are reserved for Covid- 19 patients, he added. In his letter to Goyal, Kejriwal urged him to ensure an “uninterrupted” supply of 700MT of oxygen on daily basis and restore the supply of 140MT of oxygen by a supplier INOX. Earlier in the day, the CM said he also spoke to Union Home Minister Amit Shah and stressed the need for beds for Covid-19 patients.

At a press conference, he said the Delhi government in the next 2-3 days will come up with 6,000 beds with oxygen facility at Yamuna Sports Complex, Radha Soami Satsang Beas premises and schools. The government also directed all nursing homes and private hospitals providing Covid-related treatment to reserve at least 80 per cent of their ICU and ward bed capacity for patients.

Kejriwal also visited the Commonwealth Games Village and a government school at Rouse Avenue to review the arrangements, while his deputy Manish Sisodia along with health minister Satyendar Jain visited DRDO’s Covid hospital near the airport. Chief secretary Vijay Dev wrote to the Railways to arrange up to 5,000 beds by deploying Covid-care coaches at the Shakur Basti and the Anand Vihar stations amid a rising number of Covid-19 cases in the national capital.

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