Delhi CM n Deputy CM strongly oppose institutional Quarantine as favored by LG Anil Baijal

The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival has opposed the decision of the Delhi LG Anil Baijal and the Delhi Disaster Management Authority regarding intitutional Quarantine of those mild Covid 19 patients who are currently taking treatment at their homes in Delhi under 14 days isolation subject to being detected negative after complete treatment.

Delhi has currently about 8500 patients of Covid 19 with mild symptons many of whom are likely to recover under home quarantine. The Delhi government’s opposition to the DDMA and LG Anil Baijal’s decision to send those quarantined in their houses to Delhi government hospitals has compelled the DDMA to call another meeting in the evening to rediscuss the issue and arrive at a definite conclusion.

While outrightly opposing the LG Anil Baijal’s decision the Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia says that there is already dearth of beds and paramedic staff in hospitals if compared to the increasing number of Covid 19 patients n the ever rising numbers on daily basis.

Moreover nearly half of the patients out of the total numbers, most of whom were quarantined and treated at homes have been treated with positive reports, nearly 23500 .

The limited number of beds in hospitals are meant for serious or with strong symptoms of Covid 19 to be admitted for adequate treatment.

If the mild patients are admitted in hospitals where would the serious patients go, questioned Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.

The Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejrival also expressed his reservations about the capping of rates of private hospitals saying that the Delhi government has requested the union government to reduce the rates upto 60% in all the private hospitals but the rates have been reduced to only 25%. These are still exorbitant and beyond the reach of common people.

The Delhi CM Arvind Kejrival n deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia have questioned : if the Indian Council of Medical Research has not issued any directives in this regard and had already given permission for home quarantine of patients having mild Covid 19 symptoms then what is the need for admitting them in hospitals called institutional quarantine thus occupying the beds of patients suffering from severe Covid 19 symptoms.

Moreover there is already the shortage of doctors n paramedical staff or health workers and those who will be send in Railway coaches for quarantine can’t stay there in view of the excessive heat n insects / mosquitoes etc with no availability of fans or airconditioners etc.

It may be recalled that out of over 53000 cases in Delhi nearly 23500 patients of Covid 19 have been recovered, with majority of them having been in home quarantine with mild symptoms.

They said that there will be complete mess in Delhi hospitals if those in home quarantine at present are sent for institutional quarantine.

It is believed that the union government thinks that the increase in the numbers of Covid 19 cases, especially in the containment areas is due to its spread in houses or neighbours due to those not observing complete precautions n under homes’ quarantine etc.

After the conduction of recent testings in which the Covid 19 results are known in mere 15 minutes, out of nearly 7000 tests about more than 400 patients were detected positive for Corona in the containment areas.


Sunil Negi

Sunil Negi is a senior journalist and president of Uttarakhand Journalists Forum ( Regd). He usually writes on socio political subjects and have been contributing articles in print media for the last several years. Mr. Sunil Negi had been felicitated by All India Achievers conference's Pride of India and excellence awards apart from several other recognitions. He has translated a book on ecological disaster of Uttarakhand of June 2013 and edited and published two editions of Uttaranchal's Who's Who.

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