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Gurgaon DM directs hospitals to increase beds for Covid patients amid surge in cases

In the order issued Tuesday, Garg stated that the direction is being issued in light of the fact that “Gurgaon has crossed more than 1,100 cases in a single day and has more than 6,000 active cases at present”.

Written by Sakshi Dayal | Gurgaon |
Updated: April 13, 2021 7:48:30 pm
Gurgaon, Gurgaon covid cases, Gurgaon lockdown news, Gurgaon covid situation, Delhi news, Indian expressPeople stand in a queue to undergo Covid-19 tests at Civil Hospital, as coronavirus cases surge across the country, in Gurgaon, Saturday. (PTI)

As Covid cases continue to surge in the district, Gurgaon District Magistrate Yash Garg issued orders on Tuesday directing hospitals to reserve “at least 40%” of beds in the general category and 70% of total bed capacity of the ICU/ventilator category for Covid patients.

As per data with the health department, 23.3% of beds reserved for Covid patients in the district — 619 of 2,650 beds — are currently occupied. In terms of ICU beds, more than 50% — 188 of 369 beds — are occupied, while among ventilator beds, almost 30% — 50 of 172 — are occupied.

In the order issued Tuesday, Garg stated that the direction is being issued in light of the fact that “Gurgaon has crossed more than 1,100 cases in a single day and has more than 6,000 active cases at present”.

“In view of the current Covid situation, we are in need of more dedicated Covid ICU and ventilator beds. So demand for more hospitalisation is likely to come. Effective health services and ensuring its efficient management is of utmost priority for the district administration. Therefore, it has been decided to reserve sufficient number of beds at designated private hospitals for Covid patients,” states the order.

It goes on to direct “all public/private hospitals… to ensure that at least 40% of total bed capacity of general category and 70% of total bed capacity of ICU/ventilator category are to be dedicated for Covid-19 cases with adequate availability of human resource and logistics (drugs, consumables, ICU, etc)”.

Garg, who is also the Deputy Commissioner of Gurgaon, also held a meeting with representatives of private hospitals in the district, where he warned that action will be taken against hospitals that are not complying with the prescribed norms while admitting patients.

“It has come to the notice of the district administration that private hospitals are also admitting Covid patients who can recover in home isolation as well because they have health insurance. By doing this, people who are more seriously infected are not able to get beds. Hospital management should keep in mind the prescribed norms while admitting patients and should only admit patients according to them… Those who do not do this will be strictly dealt with and action will be taken against them as per law,” said Garg.

“These days, the cases of Covid infection are increasing. More than 1,000 cases are emerging daily and this number is projected to increase in future as well. That is why it is necessary that beds be arranged in hospitals so that patients with severe infection can be treated,” he said.

On Tuesday, Gurgaon recorded 998 new cases of coronavirus, with one person succumbing to the infection. There are now 6,460 active cases in the district, of which 6,018 are in home isolation. Gurgaon also recorded its highest number of tests for Covid on Tuesday, with 9,013 tests being conducted. For the last five days, more than 8,000 tests were being conducted in the district every day.

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