'Why different rules for Delhi': Arvind Kejriwal on LG's mandatory institutional isolation for COVID patients order
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Day after Delhi LG ordered mandatory 5-day institutional quarantine for COVID-19 patients in the city before undergoing home isolation, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal opposed the orders at a meeting with the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA).
During the meet Kejriwal said that there is already a shortage of healthcare staff, and facilities in the capital and asked that 'how will it be possible to arrange doctors and nurses for thousands of patients at quarantine centres'. Kejriwal also said that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given the permission for home isolation across the country, then why Delhi LG wants to implement different rules in the capital.
"When Indian Council of Medical Research gives the permission of isolation at homes for asymptomatic patients across the country, why should there be separate guidelines for Delhi? Most coronavirus patients are asymptomatic... how will we make arrangements for isolating them?", Kejriwal said as reported by ANI.
The Chief Minister said "if home isolation ends in Delhi there will be chaos. Currently, there are more than 10,000 people under home isolation and there are only 6,000 beds at quarantine centres, where will we accommodate all the people?"
He also said that the Railways has provided isolation coaches but given the scorching heat in the capital where the temperature is soaring above 45 degrees Celsius, how will it be feasible for someone stay in them.
"Raiways has offered coaches... but how will someone stay there amid soaring temperatures. Should our priority be poor patients or those without symptoms? We are already grappling with a shortage of medical staff. Those who are asymptomatic may choose not to get tested over the fear of institutional quarantine. This may create a chaos in the city," Kejriwal added.
Meanwhile Delhi Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said that the meeting with SDMA ended without any conclusion and another meeting has been scheduled at 5 pm today.
Manish Sisodia tweeted in Hindi and wrote, "The Delhi government objected to LG's order on home isolation. No decision has been taken. Another meeting will be held in the evening. Two key points - cost of hospital beds in private hospitals and home isolation - were discussed during the meeting", he said.
Sisodia, as quoted by ANI said that the Delhi government has been demanding 60 per cent beds in capital at reduced rates, while the Centre has only proposed to reduce rates for just 24 per cent of beds in private hospitals.
"Central Government has made the proposal to reduce rates for just 24% beds in private hospitals, Delhi Government wants at least 60% beds at reduced prices. This is what we have been demanding", Sisodia said.
Earlier yesterday, the panel constituted by the Union Home Ministry had recommended lowering of the cost of the isolation beds and treatment at the intensive care units (ICU) in the private hospitals across Delhi.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had on Friday made five-day institutional-quarantine compulsory for every coronavirus patient under home-quarantine in the city-state.
“Delhi is reviewed regularly in the Ministry of Home Affairs and it was observed that 'Home Isolation' without physical contact to monitor the patients may be a reason for increase in spread of increase in COVID-19 infections in Delhi,” he said in his letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
“Five days institutional-quarantine of each case under home-quarantine is to be made mandatory and, thereafter, (they) will be sent for home-isolation, except in cases where symptoms require further hospitalization,” he said in the order
Posted By: Talib Khan