MHA forms 10 teams to inspect private Covid-19 hospitals in Delhi
The Union Ministry of the Interior on Monday formed 10 multidisciplinary teams made up of doctors and officials from the ministries of health and home to inspect 114 private hospitals that treat patients with Covid-19 in the national capital, a day after it was convene a high-level meeting, even as new infections continued their rapid rise in Delhi.
Each team has been assigned between 10 and 13 hospitals for their inspection, which will begin in two days, depending on the order. “The multidisciplinary teams are constituted to visit all the private hospitals in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi to verify the status of compliance with the various instructions issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the testing and treatment of Covid-19 patients, ”He read the order issued by Gauri Shankar Jha, Deputy Secretary of the Government of India.
The teams have been asked to verify whether the number of ward and ICU beds available in the hospitals is in line with the orders of the Delhi government so far. Teams will also check whether availability is displayed in real time on LED displays and on the Delhi government’s Corona dashboard.
Sunday’s meeting was chaired by the Union Minister of the Interior, Amit Shah, and among the attendees were Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the health ministers of the Center and the state, the Deputy Governor of Delhi and senior officials of Niti Aayog , the Indian Council of Medical Research and the Institute of All India Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
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The Delhi government had initially reserved 20% of all beds in 117 large private hospitals in the city in May before the first increase, and some hospitals were asked to reserve more than this number.
Then, during the September surge, the government ordered 33 of the city’s largest private hospitals to reserve 80% of their total beds in ICUs, an order the higher court suspended. The suspension was overturned during the November surge in cases. The Delhi government earlier this month also ordered 14 hospitals to reserve 50% of their total bed capacity for treating Covid-19 patients.
The multidisciplinary team has also been asked to investigate whether hospitals are following the discharge protocols of the Ministry of Health and whether patients were being referred to other hospitals without checking the availability of beds in said hospital.
The teams were also asked to verify whether the RT PCR testing capability is being used, if available, and what the response time is to receive the report.
The inspection order comes on a day when Delhi reported 3,797 new cases of Covid-19, bringing the city’s total count to more than 489,000. Only half the usual number of tests, 29,821, were done on Sunday, according to the daily health bulletin. The infection also claimed 99 lives in Delhi, causing Covid-19 to hit 7,713 on Sunday. The 10-day fatality rate, the number of people who died among those who tested positive, stood at 1.35%.
“If you look at the death rate, it’s around 1%. Even the World Health Organization says that if the death rate is 1%, it is good. At the beginning of winters, there is usually an increase in the number of old people who die. If you check the MCD data, the total number of deaths will not increase, ”Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday.
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The positivity rate remained at a high 12.73%, even as the minister claimed that Delhi had crossed the peak of infections in the “third wave”. According to Sunday’s bulletin, the city had registered a positivity rate of 15.3%, the highest in 140 days.
“If the current level of evidence continues, the number of new cases is likely to stay the same for about a week or two. Currently, around 60% of the city’s Covid-19 beds are occupied, but the occupancy in ICUs, both with and without ventilators, is quite high. If the situation continues, there will be a crisis, ”said Dr. Sanjay Rai, who is also one of the members of the teams that have been set up to inspect private hospitals.
It was also decided on Monday that around 75 doctors and 250 paramedics from the central paramilitary forces will also fly from other centers to Delhi to cope with the shortage of health workers in the national capital.
In another related development, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla met with Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan and Delhi Chief Secretary Vijay Kumar Dev to fine-tune decisions made during the Sunday review meeting.