Only patients without facilities at home to be shifted in COVID care centres as govt tweaks home isolation rules in Delhi
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the scuffle between the Centre and Delhi government over the home isolation rules, Delhi L-G Anil Baijal on Thursday announced that only those COVID-19 patients who do not have adequate facilities at home to ensure physical distancing and do not have other medical conditions will be required to be shifted to COVID Care Centres and other facilities.
LG Anil Baijal also said that the Delhi health department will deploy a robust surveillance mechanism across the state. The LG also said that the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) has also approved the modification in the standard operating procedure (SOP) for the home isolation of the coronavirus patients in Delhi.
The approval was given to meet the twin objectives of containing the local spread of the deadly virus and to provide timely medical care to positive coronavirus patients in Delhi to save their precious life, the LG added.
"Central Govt has rolled back its order mandating COVID-19 patients to visit COVID care centres for health assessment. Now medical teams will visit people at their home to assess whether they can stay in home isolation & need to be sent to hospital", Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said as reported by news agency ANI.
SDMA today met Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to decide on the rules for home isolation in Delhi. The Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government in the national capital had requested the Centre to withdraw the order mandating coronavirus patients in Delhi to visit COVID care centres for evaluation. Kejriwal had said that the order was incorrect and making the handling of rising coronavirus in Delhi a difficult task.
Earlier yesterday, Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia targeted Delhi LG and demanded to revoke his orders in which every COVID-19 patient is required to visit a government-run centre for clinical assessment.
Sisodia also said that he has also written a letter to Union Home Minister Amit Shah seeking his intervention in scrapping the system. He said the Union home minister himself was overseeing measures being taken to deal with the COVID-19 situation.
"Every day three to four thousand cases are being found in Delhi. Yesterday four thousand new patients were found. Yesterday, I had mentioned that I had written to LG for changing his order under which every COVID-19 patient is required to visit a quarantine centre for assessment. This has created pressure on the hospital and administration's facilities. The situation is such that people are being taken to quarantine centres in buses," Sisodia had said.
The Deputy chief minister said that this was not a fight between Amit Shah's model and Kejriwal's model which model is better, but rather the interests of the public should be taken into consideration while deciding the model to be implemented.
Delhi, during the last 24 hours recorded 3,788 cases of coronavirus taking the total past 70,000-mark. The death toll in the capital also rose to 2,365 after 64 new fatalities were reported in Delhi. With this Delhi surpassed Mumbai to become the worst-hit city in the country from the coronavirus.
Posted By: Talib Khan