Delhi health minister reacts on shortage of beds, asks hospitals to submit real-time data

Delhi health minister reacts on shortage of beds, asks hospitals to submit real-time data

Divya Prabhakar

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 5

The Delhi government on Friday asked all COVID hospitals to report daily admissions of positive patients, discharges, bed availability status on real-time basis.

The hospitals have been asked to submit data of beds, availability status as per the mobile application Delhi Corona.

The capital on Friday saw fresh 1,330 cases taking tally to 26,334. Meanwhile, Delhi Health minister Satyendra Jain released a statement on ruling out shortage of beds in the national capital in wake of coronavirus pandemic after certain reports.

“There are some misleading reports that there is a shortage of beds for the patients in Delhi because a few private hospitals are refusing admissions,” said Jain in a statement. The death tally stands at 708.

He added, “There is absolutely no shortage of beds in Delhi at the moment. In the last three days, more than 1,000 patients have been admitted to various hospitals in Delhi. If beds were not available, this would have not been possible. Even now, we have close to 5,000 vacant beds. So clearly the issue is that some hospitals are not updating the data on the Delhi Corona app on time or misrepresenting actual data when patients call. Patients were not getting data on hospitals before, which the Delhi corona app is trying to fix. We are making hospital bed data live and real-time soon.”

The Delhi government has issued instructions for COVID hospitals to handle of positive, suspected, patients in the hospitals. 

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