CM Arvind Kejriwal convenes meeting with medical superintendents to assess Corona preparedness in Delhi Govt. hospitals



  • CM Arvind Kejriwal directs hospitals to prepare in advance to handle Corona cases; also ensure all medical equipment and machines are operational.
  • Immediate approvals by Delhi govt will be sanctioned; suppliers found over-stocking essential commodities will be raided: CM Arvind Kejriwal.

New Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal today convened a meeting with all Medical Superintendents of Delhi government hospitals, to prepare with the possible Corona crisis in the city. Directing the Medical Superintendents to ensure adequate availability of all resources and medical staff in the hospital, he said that the Medical Superintendents have been empowered to appoint additional employees on contract for the next three months.

The CM has also asked to immediately procure all necessary supplies, such as medicines and ventilators. He said, all paperwork regarding the same will be completed immediately to ensure that there is no delay in the procurement of the supplies. He also instructed Health Minister Satender Jain to ensure no supplier overstocks essential items like medicines, masks, and other essential items, those suppliers who indulges in overstocking will be raided if required. These directives were given by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a meeting held at Delhi Secretariat with the Medical Superintendents of all hospitals from Delhi.

CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “The current situation is witnessing a rise in Corona Virus cases in the city. We are in a critical phase right now, which can lead to the expansion of the virus. We should also ensure whether we have adequate medical facilities and equipment to deal with the Corona crisis in hospitals. We have to ensure there are a sufficient number of isolation beds and wards available.”

“There has been no community transmission of the virus until now, but we should be prepared to handle the crisis if it happens. The objective of this meeting is to realize the criticality of the promptness of all the medical officials and staff to handle the situation,” he added.

Directing the Medical Superintendents to ensure that there is no shortage of medical supplies, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “Please ensure that all the equipments are operational. If you observe that any of the machines in your hospitals are not working, please get to address that issue immediately. Delhi government officials and cabinet will make sure that we provide immediate approvals for the same. You can send the files to our offices and we will sign them at once, and you may contact our offices directly in case of any issues.”

“All the ventilators must be in a working condition. All the Medical Superintendents would also need to contact their suppliers as well as manufacturers of the medical equipment to take note of the current stock of the ventilators that they have. We will procure all the stock of ventilators from those suppliers and manufacturers. We will conduct a Cabinet meet for that and will give approvals to you on an urgent basis. All the medicines and consumables must be available with all the hospitals, and there should be no shortage if there is a bulk requirement,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also directed the hospitals to ensure that there should be no escapes from their premises. He said, “We will deploy more security and police personnel if needed. We will speak to the police authorities and ask them to deploy more police personnel in front of all our hospitals.”

CM also directed the MS of the hospitals to recruit as much manpower as required under all the categories. “We are empowering all the Medical Superintendents to recruit freely under all the categories, under the Delhi Epidemic Act 1987,” he said. Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that the authorization to recruit freely under all categories will be given to all the hospitals till June 30, under the Delhi Epidemic Act 1987. Budget provisions will also be managed in the same manner, wherein the cabinet and medical officials will ensure that the files are signed immediately.

CM also assured that the Delhi government will talk to the central government to ensure mass procurement of testing kits to the Delhi government hospitals. “Delhi government will speak to the ICMR and the central government to address this issue,” he said.

CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that if the private players or suppliers are refusing to supply any essential commodities like masks, sanitizers, etc, the Delhi government will take strict actions against them under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955. He directed the medical superintendents to provide them with a list of such suppliers who are refusing to provide such essential commodities.

CM Kejriwal also instructed the PWD officials to resolve all the issues pertaining to necessary arrangements in the isolation wards. He said that all the protocols of all the isolation wards must be followed.

Health Minister Satyendra Jain also instructed the medical superintendents to make a list of all the essential commodities, and he will make sure that all the requirements are met.