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Amit Shah Chairs Meeting On COVID-19 Crisis In Delhi, Centre Comes With 12-point Plan

CM Arvind Kejriwal in his media briefing thanked Home Minister Amit Shah for assisting Delhi Government in proactive measures against a sudden spike in COVID-19

Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to discuss the alarming situation of COVID-19 in the national capital. While addressing the media after the conclusion of the crucial meeting, Kejriwal called for a united fight by the Centre and the Delhi Government to bring the virus situation under control.

The Delhi chief minister spoke about the rapid exhaustion of ICU beds in the city leaving the city with less number of ICU beds. He iterated the Centre's assurance of availing 500 beds in the next two days at the DRDO centre and another 250 beds in the coming days.

"Now the major problem is ICU beds. We observed that cases increased rapidly since October 20. We still have COVID-19 beds in considerable capacity, but ICU beds are being exhausted rapidly leaving us with less number of ICU beds. Central Government has given assurance that it will avail 500 ICU beds at the DRDO centre in the next two days and another 250 beds in coming days, so total 750 ICU beds will be available," Kejriwal said.

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He also said the Centre is assisting the Delhi Government in procuring BiPap machine in order to strengthen the combating capacity of the Delhi government.

"About 60,000 COVID-19 tests were being conducted daily in the national capital which will be increased to 1,00,000 - 1,25,000 tests, and ICMR has assured in providing the necessary infrastructure and assistance," Kejriwal appended.

At the beginning of his briefing, Kejriwal thanked the home minister for holding the crucial meet adding that all agencies would now work in sync together and also for the Centre's assistance in combating the COVID-19 crisis as infections have seen an alarming surge in Delhi.

Home Minister Amit Shah in a series of tweets, apprised about the steps measures discussed in the meeting.

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Measures laid down by the home minister:

  1. First, the RT-PCR test in Delhi will be increased two-fold.
  2. Mobile testing vans of the Ministry of Health and ICMR will be deployed where there is a high risk of getting Covid, making maximum use of the capacity of labs in Delhi. 
  3. The capacity of hospitals in Delhi and the availability of other medical infrastructure should be increased. In the same direction, 250 to 300 ICU beds will be included in DRDO Covid Hospital located in Dhaula Kuan in May, which can be treated for serious Covid patients there.
  4. The 10,000-bed Covid Center in Chhattarpur will be further strengthened with an aim to increase the availability of beds with oxygen facilities.
  5. Some identified hospitals of MCD will be converted into dedicated hospitals for the treatment of light-hearted Covid-19 patients.
  6. Dedicated multidisciplinary teams will visit all private hospitals in Delhi to clearly indicate the availability of beds and also for the inspection of the medical infrastructure related to Covid-19.
  7. Review of all previously initiated containment measures such as setting up of containment zones, contact tracing and quarantine and screening. Especially those who are at high risk of getting Covid should be constantly reviewed so that there is no shortage in implementing preventive measures.
  8. In addition to police forces assigned in Delhi, the Centre will also give CAPF, doctors and paramedical staff due to shortage of health workers in the national Capital.
  9. To save more lives, dedicated force be given for COVID-19 patients under home isolation for tracking and be given special care in case a need to be shifted to medical facilities. 
  10. Protocols have been decided for plasma donation for severe COVID-19 patients. 
  11. To save more and more people in Delhi, the Central Government will provide oxygen cylinders, High Flow Nasal Cannula and all other essential health equipment.
  12. A concrete dialogue strategy to be formed in Delhi over educating people of COVID-19 behaviour and the long term effects of Coronavirus on the health of people.

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