New Delhi, Jan 13 (MNN) Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday that the number of coronavirus patients admitted in city hospitals has stabilised.
“The hospitalisation of patients compared with daily new cases is currently under control. The number of Covid-19 patients is balanced and under control. We are hoping that this is the peak of this pandemic wave. The health system in Delhi is in good shape and we are fully prepared to deal with the most serious of situations,” the Minister told the media here.
He said 30 coronavirus patients are admitted in GTB Hospital, as against 750 beds. Similarly, only 136 patients are admitted as against 750 beds in LNJP Hospital.
“If need be, we can increase 1,000 beds in both these hospitals. Similarly, preparations have been made in other hospitals like Deendayal, Lok Nayak and Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital. A total of 37,000 beds have been arranged by the Delhi government in hospitals. At present, only 15,000 beds have been made operational.”
Jain said that despite increase in the number of new daily cases in the last few days, number of patients admitted to hospital remained the same.
“This could be a sign that the infection peak has arrived. I hope that this peak ends as soon as possible, so that coronavirus infections in Delhi and the country are reduced and people can get relief from its outbreak.”
On Covid-19 deaths, the Health Minister said that according to Death Committee audit, the highest number of fatalities were among patients admitted in hospitals due to other diseases.
As for patients admitted in ICUs, he said that there are very few cases among such patients who are admitted just because of coronavirus.
“Most patients are those getting treatment for some other disease and have also tested Covid-19 positive after getting tested. For example, if a person is suffering from any disease and comes to hospital for treatment, then as per protocol, his Covid-19 test is done. If found positive, his further treatment is done in corona ward itself.
“This means that patients admitted to hospitals are getting admitted less due to coronavirus but more due to other diseases. Since they also have coronavirus infection, they are also included in the count of patients admitted against ICU beds reserved for Covid patients,” he reasoned.
Jain said that the government can double the number of beds overnight, if needed, but since the number of patients admitted in Delhi hospitals is small, the need to increase the beds has not been felt.
However, he assured, the Kejriwal government is fully prepared to deal with the gravest of situations.
The Health Minister urged people to follow Covid-related rules and norms, including wearing of masks and social distancing. He assured the Delhi people that there is no need to panic due to rumours about lockdown in Delhi.