New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In its bid to increase the capacity of beds in the national capital, the Delhi government on Saturday night declared all small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes with 10 to 49 beds as ‘COVID nursing homes’.

Only standalone exclusive eye centres, ENT centres, dialysis centres, maternity homes and IVF centres are presently exempted, the order issued on Saturday said.

"In order to avoid intermingling of COVID and non-COVID patients in small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes (10 bedded to 49 bedded) and also to augment the bed capacity for COVID-19 patients, all nursing homes in NCT of Delhi having bed strength of 10 beds or more up to 49 beds are declared as COVID nursing homes," the order by the Delhi government said.

The order further directed the nursing homes to make the COVID beds functional within three days of the issuance of order, failing which would be treated as a violation of the Clause 14.1 of the schedule appended to Rule 14 of the Delhi Nursing Homes Registration (Amendment) Rules, 2011. It added that "action, as deemed fit, would be initiated against the defaulter nursing home".

According to the clause 14.1, during any natural calamity, disaster, epidemics or outbreaks, the owner of the nursing home shall, on being directed by the supervising authority in writing, cooperate and provide reasonable assistance and medical aid as may be considered essential by the supervising authority at the time of natural calamity.

The Delhi government had on May 24 directed 117 nursing home and private hospitals with 50 or more beds to reserve at least 20 per cent of the total capacity for the COVID-19 patients.

The occupancy of the beds earmarked for COVID patients is displayed on a real-time basis on the Delhi Corona App. More than 70 per cent COVID beds in the private sector are already occupied.

Further, it is projected that there would be a requirement of over 15,000 COVID beds till June 30  and by the end of first fortnight of July, the requirement would further swell up to more than 33,000 COVID beds. 

The national capital recorded 2,134 fresh coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the COVID-19 tally in the city closer to the 39,000-mark and the death toll due to the disease to 1,271. It was the second consecutive day when the number of reported cases breached the 2,000-mark. On Friday, Delhi had witnessed 2,137 cases, the highest single-day spike here.

As many as 57 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll from coronavirus now stands at 1,271 and the total number of cases at 38,958, according to the latest data by Union Health Ministry.



(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan