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Govt to provide 500 converted rail coaches in Delhi, adding 8,000 beds for COVID-19 patients
Amit Shah: COVID-19 testing to double in 2 days and treble in 6 days
New Delhi, June 14, 2020
Union Home Minister Amit Shah today said that, in view of the scarcity of beds for coronavirus (COVID-19) patients in hospitals in the national capital, the Central Government has decided to immediately provide 500 converted rail coaches to the Delhi Government.
At a meeting here with Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and senior officers, he said that, with this, 8,000 more beds would become available in Delhi and these would be equipped with all facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Among others, the meeting was attended by the Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AiIMS), Dr Randeep Guleria.
Several other important decisions were taken at the meeting to ensure safety of the citizens of Delhi against infection.
Shah said the Narendra Modi government is committed to check the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi and keep the national capital safe.
He said house-to-house health surveys will be conducted in Containment Zones in the capital to improve Contact Mapping, and the survey report will be available within a week. For effective monitoring, all residents will be asked to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile phones.
Shah said COVID-19 testing will be doubled within the next two days and trebled after six days in order to check the coronavirus spread in Delhi. Besides, in the Containment Zones, testing facility will be made available in each polling station.
For effective transmission of guidelines and information regarding coronavirus to clinics and minor hospitals in Delhi, the Modi Government has decided to constitute a committee of senior doctors in AIIMS so that the best practices in the fight against coronavirus are communicated to the lowest level. A helpline number on telephonic guidance will be set up and released tomorrow.
Shah said a committee has been constituted under the chairmanship of Dr. V K Paul, Member, NITI Aayog to ensure the availability of 60% of their coronavirus beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of coronavirus testing and treatment. The committee will submit its report by tomorrow.
The Central Government has decided to depute five more senior officers to the Delhi Government in order to effectively fight the coronavirus.
A joint team of doctors of the Health Departments of Government of India and Delhi Government, AIIMS and all three Municipal Corporations of Delhi will visit all COVID-19 hospitals in Delhi and submit a report after inspecting the health Infrastructure and preparedness for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Shah issued directions to ensure that the various decisions taken today are implemented at the ground level by the Health and other Departments of Central and Delhi Governments and experts.
Government of India assured the Delhi Government that it shall provide all necessary resources including oxygen cylinders, ventilators and pulse oximeters, an official press release said.
The Home Minister underlined the country's resolve in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic with vigour and strength and shares the pain of the families who have lost their dear ones. He said the Government has decided to issue fresh guidelines regarding the last rites of the deceased, which will reduce the waiting time.
Shah said the nation is fighting the global outbreak with alertness and cooperation of all under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.
The country is also sincerely indebted to several NGOs for their exemplary devotion during this crisis. In this effort, the Government has decided to enroll the services of Scouts & Guides, NCC, NSS and other voluntary organizations as volunteers, with Health Services.