As COVID-19 caseload surges in Delhi with every passing day, the MHA scurries to find a solution to this.
Several steps have been decided upon to immediately implement in New Delhi. The decisions have come in the wake of 12-point action items taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday.
Since October 28, Delhi has witnessed a spurt in coronavirus cases when the daily rise surpassed the 5,000-mark for the first time and it crossed the 8,000-mark on November 11.
After the high-level meeting, the ministry has decided to deploy as many as 45 doctors and 160 paramedics of the paramilitary forces in the national capital to carry out COVID-19 duties. The railways will arrange train coaches with 800 beds at a station in Delhi, which will be used as COVID care-cum-isolation facilities, the MHA said on Wednesday.
As per information provided by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) is also going to do their bit in this fight against coronavirus in Delhi. DRDO will add 250 additional ICU beds to the existing 250 ICU beds in addition to creating 35 BIPAP beds in the next 3 to 4 days at its COVID-19 hospital near the Delhi airport.
Teams created to monitor utilization by MHA
In order to monitor the implementation of the plans, the home ministry has constituted 10 multi-disciplinary teams that will visit more than 100 private hospitals in Delhi for assessing bed utilisation and testing capacity and to identify extra ICU beds. Visits by the teams are underway, as per the officials.
The Delhi government is also working actively and has collaborated with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to enhance RT-PCR testing capacity to 60,000 tests by end of November. Testing capacity has already been enhanced by 10,000 tests per day on November 17, a spokesperson said.
Sources reveal that Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has dispatched 250 ventilators from Bengaluru and they are expected to reach Delhi by the end of the week.
The Union health ministry has provided 35 BIPAP machines to DRDO COVID facility near the Delhi airport. Soon there will be deployment of 10 mobile testing laboratories with a total capacity of 20,000 tests in a phased manner beginning next week. ICMR is helping the Delhi government to achieve this so that testing can be brought closer to Delhi residents.