Consider using ready government flats to house patients: Delhi HC | Delhi News

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Jun 14, 2020

NEW DELHI: With Covid-19 cases spiking in the city, the Delhi high court has directed the AAP government and the Centre to increase the number of beds and ventilators in hospitals.
It has asked the state to consider if ready-to-move-in government flats can be used by Covid hospitals to accommodate additional patients.
The bench of Justices D N Patel and Prateek Jalan also said it expects the state government to “scrupulously” follow directions issued by the Centre, while iterating that all hospitals in Delhi will have to correctly upload the availability of “real-time bed capacity data” so that the public may know where to go if suffering from coronavirus.
HC directs govt to arrange for more beds, ventilators
Considering the gravity of the situation, we hereby direct the respondents to increase the number of the beds for Covid-19 patients and also try to increase the number of ventilators so that all patients in need can get this facility,” the high court said while disposing of a PIL.
The court was informed by Delhi government that till June 9, there were 9,179 beds for coronavirus patients in the city, out of which 4,914 were occupied. Out of 569 ventilators, 315 were being used, the court was told.
“We also direct the concerned authorities to look into the suggestions given by the Delhi Medical Association (DMA)…these may also be kept in mind whenever the respondents are formulating their policy decisions,” the order said referring to a recent statement by the DMA.
The court was hearing a batch of petitions filed through advocate Mridul Chakravarty, seeking directions to the Delhi government ensuring the availability of an adequate number of beds in private as well as government hospitals and provide the adequate facility for admission of persons requiring treatment for Covid-19.
It also sought proper implementation of containment guidelines, saying Defence Colony in South Delhi had several cases but was not declared a containment zone.
In response, the state government pointed out that lanes where the infection had been found in Defence Colony were declared containment zone but there was no policy to seal off the entire colony. The court agreed with the government’s stand and refused to issue any order in this regard.

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