New Delhi: Grappling with the worst dengue outbreak in five years, Delhi government on Wednesday issued a “blanket order” giving its hospitals powers to employ more doctors and nursing staff and directed private hospitals to increase bed capacity to deal with rising cases of the disease.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain also warned Private Hospitals of stern action if they turned away any patients and said they must stabilise the affected persons and make necessary arrangements for their treatment.
As hospitals continued to be inundated by dengue patients, he said Delhi Government-run facilities have been ordered to increase beds by 1,000 by Sunday while private ones too have been told to increase capacity.
Currently, the total bed capacity of city hospitals is around 50,000 which include 10,000 beds in Delhi Government-run hospitals and 20,000 in private hospitals. The hospitals run by municipal corporations and Centre have a capacity of 10,000 beds each.
“Private hospitals have been asked to increase capacity by 10 to 20 per cent. Even a rise of 2,500 in the number of beds in private hospitals would be a big jump,” Jain said.
All the hospitals have also been told to also use the beds exclusively kept for disasters.
“A blanket order has been issued giving hospitals powers to buy more beds, employ more doctors, nurses and paramedic staff depending on their requirement. All arrangements have been made to ensure best possible treatment to dengue patients,” Jain said.
Notably, as many as 11 people have died of dengue so far and over 1,900 have been affected by it. There has been widespread outrage in the city after Avinash Rout, a 7-year-old, and 6-year-old Aman Sharma died of dengue last week after allegedly being denied treatment by private hospitals. Avinash’s parents committed suicide following his death.
The Minister also appealed to the people not to panic and said, the patients should leave it to the doctors whether they need admission in hospital or not.
He said, there was no “dengue epidemic” in the city.