Delhi authorities to check hospitals’ readiness, increase Covid testing

In view of rising cases of COVID-19 in several countries, officials will physically visit all government hospitals in Delhi and check their preparedness to deal with any eventuality, officials said on Sunday.

Following the central government guidelines, a mock drill will be conducted in all government hospitals in the city on Tuesday.

Delhi Health Secretary Amit Singla chaired a meeting with all district magistrates on Sunday morning and directed them to visit all hospitals and prepare an inventory of beds and equipment available there, a district official said.

“From Monday, we will physically assess the condition of government hospitals in terms of availability of beds, oxygen cylinders, ventilators etc. These details will be available on the Delhi government portal for public viewing from Tuesday,” another official said. he said

The Delhi government’s coronavirus dashboard was last updated on December 12.

“The actual data will be available from Tuesday,” said the official quoted above.

An official from the North-East district said the tests are likely to be stepped up soon. Currently, around 2,500 to 3,000 tests are being carried out across the city.

“Meetings are being held with residents’ welfare organizations and NGOs. They are being asked to create awareness about the emerging situation.

“A door-to-door drive is likely to be launched to give booster doses to vulnerable populations,” the official said.

An official of the North-West district said that everyone is being asked to follow the appropriate behavior against Covid: keeping a distance of at least two meters, using masks, avoiding crowded places, etc.

A district official in south-east Delhi said the situation does not appear alarming at the moment, but “we are fully prepared”.

“We will also collect data on bed availability in private hospitals, which played a key role in managing the situation during previous Covid waves,” he said.

On Thursday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the new Omicron BF.7 variant of the coronavirus that is causing a surge in cases in some countries has not been detected in Delhi so far and his government is fully prepared to deal with any. the incident

It also provided instructions to send all positive cases for genome sequencing, increase preventive dose coverage and manpower in hospitals.

He directed the officials to take prior approval for the purchase of necessary essential items and to inspect the machines in all the hospitals.

The CM asserted that they are self-sufficient in terms of oxygen availability and storage.

During the second Covid wave last year, Delhi grappled with an oxygen shortage with hospitals sending out SOS messages on social media about running out of supplies.

(Only the headline and photo for this report have been updated by Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is generated automatically from a syndicated feed.)

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