NEW DELHI: As many as 205 ICU beds have been added in Central government, Delhi government and private hospitals of the national Capital and 116 extra oxygenated beds are functional in Central government hospitals and AIIMS, following directions issued by home minister Amit Shah on November 15 to augment the medical infrastructure in Delhi in view of the recent spike in Covid-19 cases.
Sources in the home ministry told TOI that Uttar Pradesh government, as per a suggestion of the Union home ministry, shall conduct a survey of private hospitals in its NCR regions like Noida, Ghaziabad, etc. A similar direction was issued by the home ministry to the Haryana government as well. The survey, on the lines of one already conducted in Delhi, will help to assess the bed utilisation and testing capacity as well as to identify extra ICU beds, in private hospitals of NCR region.
Meanwhile, 125 of the 250 ventilators sent by Bharat Electronics Ltd from Bengaluru have reached Delhi.
A house-to-house survey has begun in national Capital to assess the spread of the pandemic as well as containment strategies.
As directed by the home minister, who had on November 15 said RT-PCR testing would be doubled in Delhi, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has augmented its RT-PCR testing capacity from 27,000 to 37,200 tests.
Already, there has been a quantum jump in RT-PCR tests being conducted in Delhi; from 12,055 tests done on November 15, these went up to 30,735 tests on November 19.