Difficult to have vacant beds ready if people keep coming to Delhi for treatment: Jain

Difficult to have vacant beds ready if people keep coming to Delhi for treatment: Jain

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New Delhi, Jun 9 : Talking about the current COVID situation in the national capital and stressing on the requirement of more beds in the coming times, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday commented on the Delhi LG's decision against reserving beds only for residents of Delhi.

Speaking after the SDMA meeting over contagion situation following which deputy CM Manish Sisodia had said that the capital may require 80,000 beds by July 31, with figure likely to reach 5.5 lakh, Jain said that LG's decision was not suitable for the city's present scenario even being asked about the reasons for the same, he did not say much about what is to be done when the deputy CM tried talking about it. Talking to reporters, Jain said that over 50 per cent of patients in the capital's private hospitals are from outside Delhi, while this percentage goes to 70 per cent when it comes to the city's government hospitals.

He claimed that during the lockdown the average occupancy in the city's hospitals was even lesser than 10 per cent and the planned surgeries that had to take place had been postponed due to the lockdown and could have been further delayed for a month and a half in view of the same leaving the beds vacant that could have been available for the COVID situation.

He again said that as per Deputy CM the numbers of beds to be required could be fulfilled with delaying such planned surgeries. Jain further said that due to the decision of opening Delhi hospitals for all, it has become a bigger challenge to fulfill the requirements of beds in the times to come. Meanwhile, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the community spread of COVID-19 in Delhi has not started yet, but the outbreak will increase rapidly in the coming days and the number of infected can touch 5.5 lakh by July 31. After the meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told reporters, 'The Union government officials present in the meeting told that there is no community spread of Coronavirus in Delhi yet. Therefore, there is no need to discuss this issue at the meeting yet.' Talking to reporters after the meeting, Mr Sisodia said that by July 31, Corona cases in Delhi can reach 5.5 lakhs, which will require 80,000 beds. The State Disaster Management authority's (SDMA) meeting with experts was held to understand the spread of COVID-19 in Delhi. (UNI)