Delhi govt hospitals to be reserved only for Delhiites, says Kejriwal amid rise in coronavirus cases
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday announced that the hospitals run by the Delhi government in the city will be reserved only for the residents of Delhi, while the hospitals run by Central government will remain open for all.
Arvind Kejriwal, while addressing a video conference also said that the private hospitals in Delhi will also remain reserved for the people of Delhi. However, he said that those private hospitals where special surgeries like neurosurgery are performed should remain available for all the people across the country.
"Delhi hospitals will be available for the people of Delhi only, while Central Govt hospitals will remain open for all. Private hospitals except those where special surgeries like neurosurgery are performed also reserved for Delhi residents", Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said today as quoted by news agency ANI.
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"In the cabinet meeting today, a decision has taken regarding healthcare facilities. There are 10,000 beds in hospitals of Delhi government and the same number of beds are available in those hospitals run by Centre. We are opening borders from tomorrow. Delhi hospitals will be available for the people of Delhi only, while hospitals run by the Central government will remain open for all."
"Anyone can get treatment in hospitals run by the Central government. Private hospitals in Delhi will also be reserved for people of Delhi. But there are some hospitals which offer surgeries/treatment like neurosurgery which is not available in other parts of the country. Those hospitals will remain open for everyone. I think this is a fine balance to protect the interest of people of Delhi and people from outside Delhi," he added.
The decision to reserve Delhi hospitals came after the five-member committee which was constituted to look into healthcare facilities in the national capital suggested that hospitals of Delhi should be reserved of its people only. The panel had also suggested that if the hospitals are not reserved then the vacant beds in Delhi hospitals will be occupied in just three days.
Speaking further, the Chief Minister said: "We constituted a committee of five doctors. They submitted their report in which they said that Delhi would need 15,000 beds by the end of the month of June. That's why they suggested that hospitals in Delhi should be reserved for its people for some months and should not open them for everyone. They said within three days 9,000 beds for COVID-19 will be filled."
(With ANI Inputs)
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