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Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Government,Private Hospitals For Residents Only
Delhi government hospitals, some private hospitals to be reserved only for Delhi residents, says Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal: Delhi Government, Private Hospitals For Residents Only
New Delhi: The national capital, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the government hospitals and some private hospitals of Delhi will be reserved only for the residents of Delhi, amid huge controversy over availability of beds.
At the same time, Mr.Kejriwal said that he will unseal its borders, which were sealed in the first place" thinking that our hospitals will be flooded with people from other states".From tomorrow the borders will be opened, said the chief minister
Over the last week, the number of COVID-19 cases in the city has been on the rise, registering a jump of more than a thousand patients each day. The total number of cases in the national capital has now crossed 27,000.
"For now, we have decided that the 10,000 beds under the Delhi government will be kept for residents. The beds under the Central government can be used by all. Private hospitals covering special treatment will be opened to all," the Chief Minister said.
Mr. Kejriwal made the decision on the advice f a special five-member committee of doctor formed. The committee has estimated that by the end of June, Delhi will need 15,000 beds.
Mr. Kejriwal said that "They believe that the 9,000 beds that are currently with us will be taken over in three days if we allow people from other states to take admission,"
The Aam Aadmi Party leader had also sought suggestions from the people after reports of unavailability of beds in hospitals. Many others were turned away by the hospitals, which they said were over-run with patients.
Earlier the deli government had blamed laboratories, saying they were testing asymptomatic patients and hospitals for admitting them. Mr Kejriwal had also said that a "black-marketing of hospital beds" was on.