New Delhi: The New Delhi Municipal Council called a joint meeting with health officials to verify the COVID arrangements at Charak Palika Hospital in Moti Bagh on Tuesday. NDMC vice-chairman Satish Upadhyay conducted an inspection of the services at the hospital.
The Municipal Corporation of Delhi also visited hospitals in their jurisdiction on Tuesday to take stock of the preparedness for any surge in the viral disease.
“Our team inspected the oxygen plant, pathology lab, haematology lab, bio-chemistry lab, disaster management ward, isolation centre, sample collection centre, vaccination centre, emergency ward, ICU ward, OPD block and other areas in the hospital,” said Upadhyay. “I also suggested that the hospital install markings for social distancing on a priority.”
Upadhyay said the hospital has been directed to install banners and hoardings to publicise the new guidelines issued by the central government. Dr Rahul, nodal officer for COVID-19, said, NDMC was 98 per cent successful in administering both the first and second doses of the COVD vaccine to visitors. He added, “The all-India vaccination figure for the booster dose is 28 per cent while that of NDMC is 36 per cent.”
Saying that the civic body has an emergency response to deal with crises, an official said, “NDMC has 11 surveillance teams to cover the entire municipal council areas for vaccination, testing and contingency services. We also have six testing centres that have full stocks of RT-PCR and RAT kits.”
The NDMC vice-chairman directed the medical team to procure adequate stocks of PPE kits, medicines, testing reagents and devices like pulse oximeters. He told the meeting, “Oxygen concentrators and other equipment and consumables needed for a quick response have to be maintained. Testing teams should be ready with a plan to scale up testing in all NDMC areas.”
MCD too assessed the situation and an official said that oxygen concentrators, high dependency units, beds connected to oxygen supply, etc., were all operational. “We are checking the availability of medicines and have asked for a report on all this,” he said. “Covid testing facility is fully functional at Hindu Rao Hospital. We have 1,477 beds attached to an oxygen supply, 222 ventilators, 528 oxygen concentrators, 91 ICU beds and 20 beds at Swami Dayanand hospital converted into high dependency units.”