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Hon’ble Lt. Governor chairs meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister Health, Minister Revenue, Chief Secretary, CP, Joint Secretary (MoHFW), GoI & other senior officers.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

Hon’ble Lt. Governor chairs meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister, Minister Health, Minister Revenue, Chief Secretary, CP, Joint Secretary (MoHFW), GoI & other senior officers.

Reviews medical preparedness, enforcement of lockdown, social distancing, welfare measures for vulnerable sections & perimeter control measures to contain Covid-19.

Health Department to further ramp up testing facilities, expedite procurement of medical essentials and strictly implement containment strategy in high risk zones based on all probable scenarios : LG

Proper preparedness of medical professionals to manage this high hazard pathogen is essential. Capacity building of medical professionals alongwith all protective measures for its clinical management should continue : LG

Continue focus on IEC, strict compliance of lockdown/social distancing, availability of essentials, medical supplies, geographical quarantine, effective contact tracing & tracking : LG

Hon’ble Lt. Governor chaired meeting of Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Dy. Chief Minister, Revenue Minister, GNCTD, Health Minister, GNCTD, Chief Secretary, General Officer Commanding (HQ), Delhi Cantt. Area, Addl. Chief Secretary (Home), Commissioner of Police, Delhi, Joint Secretary (Health), MoHFW, GoI, Secretary (Health), GNCTD, CEO, Disaster Management, Delhi and other officers.

At the outset, Joint Secretary (Health), GoI made a detailed presentation on COVID-19 management in Delhi with focus on status of medical preparedness and scenario planning for Health Infrastructure including quarantine and isolation facilities in the country. He elaborated need of IEC and surveillance measures to contain the spread of COVID-19 and adherence to contact tracing protocol. Government has expanded capacity for testing, production of PPEs, masks, ventilators and other medical equipments. Special efforts to train the medical professionals for clinical management of this high hazard pathogen have been made.

He stressed on containment action plan, sharing best practices and continued focus on contact tracing and tracking. Strict geographical quarantine with preventive control, rigorous contact tracing and enhanced surveillance should be the priority at the moment.

Secretary Health, GNCTD gave detailed presentation about medical preparedness of Delhi considering possible scenarios. Health Department is implementing containment strategy for all possible high risk zones as per directions of Govt. of India. ASHAs and ANMs have been trained, retired govt/private medical professionals are being engaged to augment human resources.

It was informed that to contain spread of COVID-19 in Delhi :

  1. At present 3734 beds are available for COVID-19 patients at LNJP, RGSSH, GTB, DDU, BSA, Pvt. Hospitals (including Max Super Specialty Hospital, Sir Gangaram Hospital and Apollo Hospital). Delhi Govt. has secured supply of 3500 Personal Protective Equipments per day and 28000 N95 Masks per week for frontline health workers/health professionals.


  1. 20 Containment Zones (CZ) have been identified in Delhi based on COVID HOTSPOTS. Cordoning of all CZs has already been done. Sanitization of all the CZs is being done by local municipal authorities. Door step delivery of all essential commodities is being ensured with the support of Food & Civil Supply Deptt/Market Associations. Mapping of the CZ and House-to-House survey is being conducted for identification of suspected Influenza like illness.


  1. Mass mechanized disinfection is being carried out by local bodies using 1% hypochlorite solution spray in public/residential areas, bus stops, public toilets, markets, DMS/ Mother Dairy booths/ taxi stands.


  1. DUSIB is taking measures for the case of homeless people in DUSIB Shelter Homes. Adequate arrangement of soaps, hand sanitizers, protective masks and medical screening is being made in all shelter homes.


  1. Free meals for lunch & dinner are provided to homeless people at all Shelter Homes. In addition, the state-level hunger helpline for Delhi “1031” has been established which have been widely publicized.


  1. As on April 08, 2020, total of 11,100 people are availing shelter in Delhi and over 8 lakh people are being served free meals twice daily. Further, Government is also distributing the PDS ration from FPS where enhanced monthly ration is being distributed free of cost benefitting 71 lakh beneficiaries across Delhi through a network of over 2000 FPS.  


  1. It was informed that 5995 ASHAs and 1278 ANMs have been trained as second line of support. As per direction of GOI list of retired govt/private medical professionals has been circulated to all hospitals with the instruction to engage them on requirement basis.


Hon’ble Lt. Governor directed Delhi Police for assisting Health Department in using technology for tacking Mobile numbers of people who are under home quarantine. Commissioner of Police, Delhi informed that 23 violators of home quarantine have been booked under 188 and have been sent to quarantine centres.

Members of Delhi Disaster Management Authority placed on record their appreciation for the Government officials, Foot Soldiers, medical professionals, Volunteers, Sanitation Workers, NGOs, Private entities and countless others who are making all out efforts to fight the menace of COVID-19.

Hon’ble Lt. Governor once again reiterated that continued focus be kept on IEC, strict compliance of lockdown, social distancing, availability of essentials, ramping up medical preparedness, geographical quarantine of vulnerable zones and effective contact tracking and tracing.


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