With an aim to increase transparency in allocation of hospital beds during the Covid-19 pandemic, Lieutenant-Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed Chief Secretary Vijay Dev to ensure installation of LED (Light Emitting Diode) boards at all major health facilities to display bed availability, charges and details of persons to be contacted for admission.
Earlier in the day, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said his Government will implement the “Centre’s decision” and Baijal’s order overturning the decision on reservation of State-run and private hospitals in the national Capital for Delhiites as “this is not the
time for disagreement and arguments”. Kejriwal also met Union Home Minister Amit Shah to discuss the Covid-19 situation in Delhi. He said Shah has assured him of all cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus.
In his letter, the L-G said the Health Department may be advised to ensure that data displayed on these LED boards reconciles with that available on the Delhi Government’s app.
The move is aimed at increasing transparency in allocation of hospital beds during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“In order to increase transparency and to facilitate public, all major hospitals/clinics/nursing homes of Delhi should be directed to display on LED boards in large letters outside their establishments, at the entry point itself, the availability of beds, (both Covid and non-Covid, wherever applicable), along with charges, including for rooms/beds and details of contact persons for admission,” Baijal said in the letter.
The L-G, who is also the chairman of Delhi Disaster Management Authority, said periodic surprise checks may also be conducted by officers deputed by the DDMA to ensure that correct data is displayed by health facilities and no genuine patient is denied admission or is overcharged.
On Covid-19 data, Kejriwal said the Delhi Government has “unprecedented challenges” ahead as data shows that coronavirus cases will rapidly increase in Delhi in the coming days.
Delhi will need 1.5 lakh beds in healthcare facilities by July 31 once people start coming to the city for treatment from other States, he said, asserting that the AAP dispensation will make an “honest effort” to provide medical treatment to all.
Thursday, 11 June 2020 | Staff Reporter | New Delhi
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