Covid-19: Around 7,000 ICU Beds to be Added in Delhi, Says CM Arvind Kejriwal

Around 7,000 ICU beds might be added in government-run hospitals of the nationwide capital in view of an impending third wave of Covid-19, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal stated on Saturday. This will enhance the ICU mattress capability within the capital by 70 per cent, he stated. Health Minister Satyendar Jain stated in a tweet in Hindi, “6,836 new beds are going to be made at a cost of Rs 1,216.72 crores by Delhi govt at Shalimar Bagh, Kirari, Sarita Vihar, Sultanpuri, Raghuveer Nagar, GTB Hospital as well as Chacha Nehru Hospital.”

“Almost 7,000 new ICU beds are being added to Delhi government hospitals. This is like bringing a complete transformation into the health infrastructure of Delhi. Delhi government hospitals at present have a capacity of 10,000 ICU beds, a 70 per cent increase is being made to this number. “This isn’t any small job, however these beds might be prepared inside six months. On one hand, it should assist in coping with the third Covid-19 wave, and on the opposite if the wave doesn’t come, they’ll act like extra beds for normal therapy,” Kejriwal said. The cabinet has given its approval for increasing ICU beds. The proposed facilities in the hospitals will be designed to function as Covid hospitals. However, after the Covid pandemic ends, the facilities would be utilised for other specialised hospital services, an official statement said.

The facilities will consist of three sub-buildings, emergency/OPD/ward block and services building, including space for PSA / Oxygen Tanks and multi level car parking block. The provisions have also been made for the addition of one floor in future in case of requirement.

A total of 1,430 beds will be added in the Shalimar Bagh Government Hospital, 458 at the Kirari Government Hospital, 1,912 at the GTB Hospital, 1,565 beds in Raghubir Nagar, 610 beds at CNBC, Geeta Colony, 525 beds at the Sultanpuri hospital. The statement said the government is making thorough preparations in anticipation of an impending third wave of Covid-19. “In the identical prospect the addition of those beds won’t solely ramp up the ICU mattress amenities by 70 per cent but in addition be monumental in attaining the goal of 37,000 beds within the nationwide capital,” it added.

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