Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan on Friday chaired a high-level meeting to review the preparedness of the four Central Government Hospitals in New Delhi for clinical management of the severe COVID19 patients. These hospitals are Safdurjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and AIIMS, New Delhi.
The Health Minister reviewed in detail the beds availability including oxygen supported and the ICU-ventilators beds. Various hospitals informed regarding the immediate steps being taken for augmenting the beds availability to cater to the immediate needs of COVID patients. It was informed that Safdurjung Hospital is augmenting the bed availability with 172 more COVID beds and with this, the Super Specialty Block at the Hospital will be fully converted to a specialty block for only COVID patients. Besides, 46 beds including 32 ICU beds are being added with help of Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, CSIR.
In Dr RML Hospital, it was told that the hospital is converting some other non-COVID buildings for dedicated COVID treatment facilities. The move will help provide 200 additional beds for COVID patients.
In Lady Hardinge Medical College, 240 more beds are being created by CSIR which will become operational soon. Director AIIMS, New Delhi outlined the expansion plans for adding more beds in other wards. The total capacity will be enhanced to more than one thousand beds for only COVID patients.
Dr Harsh Vardhan also reviewed the status of oxygen availability in the various Central Government Hospitals and the steps being taken for timely augmenting the supply. He also directed to expedite installation of 5 Pressure Swing Adsorption plants at all locations in Delhi hospitals. He also directed all Central Government Hospitals to be prepared with expansion plans for providing timely treatment to the COVID19 patients in the days to come. A decision was also taken to install DRDO-Tata Sons oxygen generation plants at AIIMS, NIC Jhajjar, Safdarjung, LHMC and Dr RML Hospital immediately. These plants will have a capacity to generate 1000 litres of Oxygen per minute.