New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In wake of the sudden spike in coronavirus cases in the national capital, a panel set up by the Union Home Ministry under the member of Niti Aayog to fix rates charged by private hospitals in Delhi, has recommended lowering of the cost of the isolation beds and treatment at the intensive care units (ICU) in the private hospitals across Delhi.  

The recommendations, a relief to COVID-19 patients in the capital, came after the home ministry held meetings over the last few days to check the spread of the deadly infection in the city-state.  

The panel set up by the home ministry has recommended lowering the rates to half for isolation beds and ICUs. The committee has recommended Rs 8,000-10,000 for isolation beds, Rs 13,000-15,000 for ICUs without ventilator and Rs 15,000-18,000 for ICUs with ventilators, including PPE costs, to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs 24,000-25,000, 34,000-43,000 and 44,000-54,000.

“To provide relief to the common man in Delhi, HM @AmitShah constituted a committee under Member of @NITIAayog to fix rates charged by Pvt hospitals in Delhi for isolation beds, ICUs without ventilator support & ICUs with ventilator support," the Union Home Ministry tweeted this afternoon.

"Committee has recommended Rs 8,000-10,000, 13,000-15, 000 & 15,000-18,000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without & with ventilator respectively to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs 24,000-25,000, 34,000-43,000 & 44,000-54,000 (excluding PPE cost) @HMOIndia," it said in another tweet.  

As per the directions given by Amit Shah in a series of meetings over the last few days, house-to-house health survey in 242 containment zones of Delhi was completed on Thursday, during which a total of 2.3 lakh people were surveyed.

On directions of the Home Minister to increase testing capacity and quick delivery of results in Delhi, testing via Rapid Antigen testing methodology was also started on Thursday.

The testing method involves looking for antibodies which are produced when the body is exposed to a pathogen. The Home Ministry said that sample testing has been doubled immediately in pursuance of decisions taken by Shah in a series of meetings. The Ministry said that the testing will continue with increased numbers in coming days.

Meanwhile, the number of COVID-19 cases inched closer to 50,000 mark on Friday, with 1,969 deaths. Delhi has 49,979 cases out of which over 21,341 people have recovered

Posted By: Talib Khan