CM Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM Manish Sisodia visit Shehnai Banquet Hall to review COVID-19 preparations

  • Shehnai Banquet Hall converted into COVID care facility with 100 beds, attached to LNJP Hospital: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Every bed in this facility will have oxygen support, patients with moderate symptoms to be kept here: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • We have sufficient beds now. Out of 13500 beds, around 6200 beds have been occupied in both private and government hospitals in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Centre should withdraw orders obligating Corona positive patients to go to govt facility for clinical assessment: CM Arvind Kejriwal
  • Delhi govt and Central govt are working in cooperation with each other, would like to request the center to roll back the order: CM Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal and Dy CM Manish Sisodia on Wednesday visited the Shehnai Banquet Hall to take stock of the preparations being done in Delhi to ramp up medical infrastructure in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. The Shehnai Banquet Hall which has been converted into a 100-bed emergency COVID-19 care center is attached to the LNJP Hospital in Delhi. CM Arvind Kejriwal also requested the centre to roll back its order regarding mandatory clinical assessment in a government facility for Corona positive patients.

Following the visit, CM Kejriwal tweeted, “We have started a corona centre comprising of 100 beds in a banquet hall today. Every bed has oxygen. Corona centres will be built in several banquet halls across Delhi in a similar manner. #DelhiFightsCorona”

Briefing the media after the visit, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “We are preparing this facility comprising of around 100 beds opposite to the LNJP Hospital. I want to thank the NGO ‘Doctors for You’ for taking up the responsibility of operating this facility. Many NGOs are like these are coming forward to support the government at the time of this pandemic. This banquet hall will have 100 beds, and every bed will have an oxygen supply attached to it. This facility will be attached to the LNJP Hospital, which is situated right across the road. Patients with moderate symptoms can be admitted to this facility, and they can be immediately admitted into the LNJP Hospital if their condition worsens. This is the first banquet hall starting to operate as a facility for the treatment of Corona patients. In the last week, we had installed around 3000 beds in the hotels, which were then attached to the private hospitals. We have sufficient beds now. Out of 13500 beds, around 6200 beds have been occupied in both private and government hospitals in Delhi. This number has been stagnant since yesterday, which means that the usage of beds has not increased, even though we have observed 4000 new cases in the last 24 hours.”

CM Arvind Kejriwal said that this also shows that Corona is not very severe in Delhi. “People who are getting infected are majorly recovering at their homes, and there is no requirement of additional beds in Delhi right now. We are also observing that the number of cases recovering in Delhi is the same as the number of new cases coming up daily, which is helping to maintain stability in the bed count required. However, it does not mean that we are not doing anything to enhance the bed capacity in Delhi. We already have 13500 beds in Delhi for the treatment of Corona patients. Just like this banquet hall, many more banquet halls across the city will be prepared for Corona treatment,” said the CM.

Regarding the Delhi governments’ request to the Center to roll the new order making clinical assessment mandatory for Corona positive patients, CM said, “Not only the Delhi government but even journalists are saying that this order of the home isolation by the Centre should be changed. Since the morning, I have received calls from people who have mild symptoms or are asymptomatic. I have received many requests to reverse the home isolation order because it is not feasible for the people. Supposedly, your 80-year-old mother gets Corona, and she is asymptomatic or has mild symptoms, and needs treatment at home, how will you take her to a quarantine centre or a govt facility? At home, she will be taken care of better by her children. As per our earlier order, if a person was tested positive, we had our medical team visit the patient at their homes, do the required assessment, and then tell them if they need to stay in home isolation or go to a hospital. The Central government’s order to have a mandatory clinical assessment of Corona positive patients in the govt facility is chaotic. If a person who is Corona positive, and has a body temperature of 100°C, or 102°C, how will he or she stand in a queue for a medical check-up?”

The CM said that the Delhi government and the central government are working in cooperation with each other, and requested the Centre to reverse and roll back the order.