Hon’ble Lt. Governor Delhi, Sh. Anil Baijal today reviewed availability of medical infrastructure, human resources and community engagement for COVID-19 management in Delhi with Hon’ble Chief Minister, Hon’ble Dy. Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Pr. Secretary (Home), Sh. SCL DAS, Pr. Secy. (Health), Sh. S.S. Yadav & other senior officers.
At the outset, Pr. Secretary (Health) made a detailed presentation on present status of medical infrastructure & human resources availability highlighting probable requirement and possibilities for ramping up.
It was informed that there are total 99,444 confirmed cases in Delhi out of which 71,339 patients have recovered. The Case Fatality Rate in Delhi at present is 3.09%, recovery rate is 71.73%, doubling rate is 33.5 days and tests per million are 33868. There are 456 containment zones in Delhi up to 04th July, 2020.
Hon’ble Lt. Governor was apprised that the medical infrastructure has been significantly ramped up in the last fortnight with collective efforts of all. At present there are 15301 dedicated COVID beds, 10155 Oxygenated beds, 1852 ICU beds and 888 Ventilators beds in dedicated COVID hospitals. 1,82,022 Antigen tests have been done so far since 18.06.2020. Fleet of ambulance have been increased from 337 to 602 bringing down response time to 30 minutes from 55 minutes.
Sero survey has been completed and 22,823 samples have been collected. National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) is analysing its outcomes which will help the administration in re-evaluating its strategy.
Hon’ble Lt. Governor advised health department to take measures to boost morale of the medical staff and confidence building for patients and their relatives. For welfare of patients facilities like Video interaction with relatives; timely information dissemination to relatives; CCTV monitoring of wards, LED display of bed occupancy, Help Desk, 24X7 Helpline numbers, Rapid Antigen Testing, provision of TV in wards etc have been made available in COVID dedicated hospitals.
As per the directions of Hon’ble Lt. Governor, Community Engagement web-based portal and Dashboard has already been launched for registration of NGOs/ Volunteers on 19.06.2020. A total 2398 Volunteers, 3 CSO and 40 NGOs have registered themselves till 3.7.2020 andrespective District Magistrates have already deployed many of them.
Hon’ble Lt. Governor reiterated that the community Resources should be trained and utilized for supporting the health system and ensuring quality home/community care, prevention and control activities in the community, referral/transfer of sick patients, transfer of dead bodies, etc.
A centralized war room as a monitoring and operational platform has been set up and made functional for providing real time information with visual data dashboards on healthcare assets (Hospitals, beds, ventilators, ICUs, ambulances, testing labs); human assets (doctors, nurses, para-medical staff); patient inflow and load balancing; tracking of suspects, contacts, patients; telemedicine, emergency logistics (food medicine) and Live streaming of information from the CATS dashboard to enable expeditious and focused interventions.
Hon’ble Lt. Governor directed health department to ensure that necessary interventions are made to reduce mortality rate. “Golden Hour” is crucial for saving the life of patients therefore arrangements like ambulance, shifting of patients from home isolation when required, ICUs, oxygen beds etc should be given maximum importance.