Scrap rule requiring COVID-19 patients to visit govt facility for assessment: Shri Manish Sisodia

  • I have written a letter to Amit Shah Ji requesting scrapping of the new order of the LG which requires every Corona patient to visit quarantine centre for clinical assessment: Shri Manish Sisodia
  • The new order is burdening the healthcare system and the administration, creating chaos and confusion for the people of Delhi: Shri Manish Sisodia

New Delhi: Addressing an online media briefing on Wednesday, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said that he has written to Union home minister Amit Shah to restore the old Covid-19 testing rules in Delhi. He said that he had requested Lt Governor to change the rule under which every Covid-19 patient is required to visit a quarantine center for assessment. He said it has been two days and he has received no response from the Lt. Governor, which is why he has now sought intervention from Home Minister Mr. Amit Shah. He also said that Delhi currently has two models to fight COVID-19, but this is not a fight between Amit Shah’s model and Arvind Kejriwal’s model and that the governments should implement a system in which people don’t face problems.

Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia said, “Around 3000-4000 COVID positive cases are being recorded in Delhi everyday. Yesterday, we had around 4000 new Coronavirus patients in the city.”

The new order will burden the administration and healthcare system, and will create chaos in Delhi: Shri Manish Sisodia

“Yesterday, I wrote a letter to Hon’ble LG regarding his order which has pushed for a new arrangement of compulsory clinical assessment at quarantine centres for positive patients. This rule needs to be changed as it has paved the way for extreme chaos in Delhi. As per the old system, when a person tested positive for COVID 19, he would either go for home isolation (for asymptomatic cases) or be hospitalized (when showing severe symptoms) or be kept under institutional quarantine, if he does not have the provision of self-isolation at home,” he added.

The order passed by the Hon’ble LG has made it mandatory for every person tested positive for COVID-19 to go to a quarantine centre, irrespective of whether or not he has arrangements of practicing home isolation, or whether or not he wants to go for hospitalization. Shri Manish Sisodia said, “This has burdened the administration and the healthcare system because earlier, asymptomatic patients who had no arrangements for isolation at their homes were admitted to the quarantine centres. But now, every patient, irrespective of the fact that he has a very mild fever or is showing severe symptoms, he has to visit the quarantine centre to get a check-up. This has also burdened the entire ambulance system. Now, the administration has to arrange for buses to take people to quarantine centres. This has created a huge chaos in Delhi.”

I have received no response from Lt. Governor regarding scrapping of new order, I have now written to Amit Shah Ji for his intervention: Shri Manish Sisodia

In a letter written on Monday, Shri Manish Sisodia had requested Hon’ble LG to scrap this model because of its non-suitability to a city like Delhi. “I had asked him to call for an immediate meeting of the SDMA to scrap and reverse this model. It has been two days but he has not responded to my request, and no SDMA meeting has been called for,” said the Dy CM.

He said, “Today, I have written to Hon’ble Home Minister Amit Shah in this regard. I have thanked him for intervening in Delhi’s coronavirus crisis actively and extending support to the Delhi Govt, but now I have highlighted to him in my letter that this arrangement of sending every person to quarantine centre for clinical assessment should stop or this would lead to an immense state of chaos and confusion in Delhi.”

Delhi has two models of COVID-19, Amit Shah model and Arvind Kejriwal model: Shri Manish Sisodia

Elaborating on the two models of COVID in front of the people of Delhi, Shri Manish Sisodia said, “There are two models currently on COVID 19 in Delhi. According to the first model by Hon’ble HM Amit Shah Ji, people testing positive are to be taken to quarantine centres, the administration has to arrange for buses to take them to the centre for a check-up.”

“The second model is of Hon’ble CM Arvind Kejriwal Ji, is that if someone is found positive, the medical team would make home visits for conducting a clinical assessment of the patients. Assessing the severity of his symptoms, if found asymptomatic, the medical team would direct the person to be under home isolation. If the team finds his condition serious, it would make arrangements to take him to the hospital, and if the team finds the patient asymptomatic but lacks the proper facility at home isolate himself, then the patient will be directed to a quarantine centre.”

Not a fight between Amit Shah’s model and Kejriwal model, we have to do what is best for the people of Delhi: Shri Manish Sisodia

Shri Manish Sisodia said, “I have written to Hon’ble HM stressing on the fact that this is not about your model vs my model and it is not about Amit Shah vs Arvind Kejriwal model. The focus should remain on what model when implemented, would ease the problems of the people of Delhi. It is already a difficult time and we should adopt a model that would not add to the woes of the people of Delhi. Let us not follow a model that further strains the overburdened healthcare system and adds to the woes of the people.”

“People are stressed about going to the Quarantine Centre. I would like to request Amit Shah Ji to reverse this order for the welfare of the people of Delhi. When the order of 5-day mandatory institutional quarantine was released, you intervened and rolled-back the order for the convenience of the people,” added the Dy CM.

Shri Manish Sisodia said that if every Corona positive patient has to go to the quarantine centre for a mandatory check-up, it will create a lot of chaos and confusion. “Looking at the situation from ground level, I would humble request Hon’ble Home Minister to rethink the order. I would request him to roll back this decision too,” he said.

“These decisions should be taken spontaneously. It is because the Hon’ble LG has not responded yet, I have written to Amit Shah Ji that his intervention is important here as it is creating chaos. An SDMA meeting should be immediately called to scrap this order,” he added.