New Delhi: The Delhi government on Saturday directed 33 private hospitals to reserve 80% of their total ICU/HDU beds for Covid-19 patients after a surge in the number of cases and the demands for ICU beds in the city.
In May, all nursing homes and private hospitals, having 50 beds or more, were directed to reserve at least 20% of their total beds for Covid-19 patients. Also certain private hospitals were turned into fully Covid facilities and in some more than 40% beds were reserved for corona patients.
Recently, there has been a surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and it has been found that the majority of the ICU beds in private hospitals are fully occupied, according to the order of the Delhi government’s health and family welfare department.
“However, if in some hospitals non-Covid patients are already admitted in more than 20% of their ICU/HDU beds, then in such cases, once these non-Covid patients are discharged, the vacant ICU/HDU bed(s) shall thereafter be kept reserved for Covid-19 patients only,” the order stated.
The number of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients in the capital is more than 2,200. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal also directed health authorities to increase the number of ICU beds in hospitals.
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