4,000 more Covid beds in Delhi by month-end | Delhi News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: Delhi is to get more than 4,000 additional beds, including ICU beds, in hospitals exclusively for Covid patients by the month end. Preparations are on to add more ICU beds in government-run Guru Teg Bahadur and Deen Dayal Upadhyay hospitals, while several private hospitals are also reserving beds to deal with the spike in Covid cases.
Delhi government’s order to private hospitals to reserve 60% beds for Covid patients will add 2,644 beds to the facilities to treat the infection. Together the state government and the central government will also add 1,413 ICU beds in state-run medical facilities.
Currently, Delhi has 17,300 Covid beds, 1,396 ICU ones with ventilators and 2,623 ICU beds without ventilators. According to the latest report, only 122 of the 1,396 ICU beds with ventilator are vacant now, similarly 418 of 2,623 ICU beds without ventilators.
Due to a sustained surge in Covid cases – Delhi has been reporting around 7,500 fresh cases every day – hospital bed occupancy has gone up. In the past few weeks, the occupancy of ICU beds with ventilators and ICU beds without ventilators has increased, more in private hospitals than in government institutions. The occupancy of the non-ICU Covid-19 beds is also growing.
The surge in new cases has prompted the government to take a number of measures to increase the number of Covid beds, including ICU beds with ventilators and without ventilators. Delhi government has ordered 90 private hospitals to reserve 60% of their total bed capacity for treatment of Covid patients. An official said that many private hospitals have increased the percentage of Covid beds to 60% of the total beds capacity and other hospitals are preparing do the same. Across 90 private hospitals, 2,644 beds will soon be for Covid treatment.
“In some hospitals, since non-Covid patients are using around 40% of the total beds, they will keep aside the beds for Covid treatment once these admitted patients are discharged,” said an official.
An increase of 260 ICU beds in private hospitals is expected soon as the hospitals comply with the order of the Delhi government’s director general of health services to 42 private hospitals to reserve 80% of their total ICU/HDU bed capacity for Covid-19 patients.
Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said the government had taken every possible step to handle the Covid situation with proper home isolation measures and enough Covid beds in hospitals.
By the end of November, the state government-run hospitals will have 663 additional ICU beds, while the central government has assured Delhi government of 750 more beds in the medical facilities run by the Centre. This means that Delhi will have 1,413 extra ICU beds. In the follow up to the Covid review meeting chaired by Union home minister Amit Shah last week, which was attended by CM Arvind Kejriwal, over 200 ICU beds have been added in Delhi hospitals.

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