95% Covid beds at Delhi’s Hindu Rao Hospital lying vacant | Delhi News

NEW DELHI: More than a month after the notification for turning Hindu Rao Hospital into a Covid-designated facility was issued, the tertiary care facility continues to see low occupancy of Covid beds. Data from the north Delhi municipal corporation-run hospital shows that 95% of such beds continue to lie vacant. A senior health official from the corporation said that the hospital started with 50 beds, but from July 1 onwards, 304 beds have been earmarked for Covid treatment. “During this period, the Covid ward has seen 25 admissions and right now, 15 Covid patients are under our care. One of them is in ICU,” the official added. The hospital has witnessed two deaths so far in the Covid department.
Hindu Rao Hospital is the biggest municipal health facility in Delhi and it has a capacity of handling 980 beds. Besides running 304 Covid bed facilities, the hospital has reserved five ICU beds and 39 isolation ward beds for suspected cases.
While officials said that the presence of Covid patients has been low all through the month, north Delhi mayor Jai Prakash told TOI that the numbers are steadily rising. “People are now getting to know that Covid care facilities are also available at Hindu Rao. I am getting two to three calls every day and directing the people to get admitted in the hospital,” he added.
The hospital has, meanwhile, received the first infrastructure push to increase its Covid bed capacity. The north Delhi mayor gave details of equipment that are scheduled to arrive in the first phase. “23,000 PPE kits, 5,800 N-95 masks and 2,000 surgical masks have been provided to us for running the Covid facility and securing our healthcare workers,” Jai Prakash said. The mayor added that 88 oxygen concentrators, 300 oxygen cylinders, 200 pulse oxymeters to detect blood oxygen levels and five ventilators have been assigned to the hospital. The new infrastructure will also help in revitalising the decaying tertiary healthcare facility, said an official.
In a separate development, the east corporation’s deliberative wing is pushing for turning Swami Dayanand Hospital into a Covid facility. Senior EDMC officials said that after GTB Hospital was turned into a Covid care facility, the load of non-Covid patients had been diverted to Swami Dayanand. “There should be a government hospital in the region for people who are suffering from non-Covid diseases. The decision to turn a hospital into Covid facility is taken by disaster management authority based on various parameters,” an official explained. The official added that they have also been asked to check the feasibility of creating a plasma bank at Swami Dayanand Hospital.

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