HM Amit Shah holds a review meeting on Delhi COVID 19 situation
HM Amit Shah holds a review meeting on Delhi COVID 19 situation

Union Home Minister Amit Shah has issued a number of directions in the review meeting on Delhi's COVID 19 situation. 

-Very first instruction was to double the testing capacity for RT-PCR tests with high concentration on the areas where poor and vulnerable sections of the society reside. Mobile testing labs and shifting unutilized testing labs from other parts of the country. 

-Next is to increase the hospital capacity and availability of other medical infrastructure including availability of beds with oxygen capacity. In addition, Home Minister directed MOHF&W to make arrangements for requisite numbers of BIPAP machines and high flow nasal canulas to the Delhi Government within the next 48 hours.

-Next, about the medical staff shortage, the Modi Government has decided to provide additional doctors and paramedical staff from the CAPFs and they would soon be airlifted to Delhi. The ministry added, a multi-departmental team will visit private hospitals to check the status of physical structure that exist.

-Next instruction is to convert few more hospitals as dedicated hospitals for Covid-19 treatment, especially for accommodating patients with milder symptoms. MoHF&W and Home Ministry decided to issue a standard protocol for plasma therapy and plasma administration for treatment of COVID-19 patients immediately. 

-Amit Shah highlighted the entire set of containment measures instituted earlier, such as establishment of containment zones, contact tracing and quarantining, and screening, particularly of vulnerable sections of society, to follow without compromise. 

-It was decided to conduct house-to-house survey in the entire Delhi by the teams of AIIMS, Government of NCT of Delhi and Municipal Corporations (MCDs) of Delhi. 

-The authorities of Delhi Government and Commissioner of police (CP), Delhi were instructed to strictly enforce the necessary measures, especially wearing of face masks and there is no relaxation.

HM reassured the team that there should not be any gap in providing timely requisite medical treatment to the affected persons, particularly those who are poor and vulnerable. Home Minister concluded the meeting stressing a follow up meeting on a continuous basis over upcoming weeks. AIIMS Director Dr VK Paul has made a presentation highlighting the Delhi COVID 19 situation, pinpointing the increase in number of cases.The meeting was attended by Union Health Minister, Lt. Governor, Delhi; Chief Minister, Delhi; Health Minister, Delhi; Home Secretary; Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoHFW); Dr. V.K Paul; Director, AIIMS; Director General, ICMR; Secretary, DRDO; Director General, Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) and other senior officials. 

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