Delhi will have 500 ICU beds for critical Covid-19 patients from Tuesday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday after the inspection of a Covid Care Centre at the Ramlila Ground near GTB Hospital, along with Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Taking to twitter, Kejriwal tweeted, “500 ICU beds have been constructed in 2 weeks at Ramlila Maidan opp. GTB hospital. Patients will be admitted from Monday. My heartfelt gratitude to all the engineers who made it all happen, in a record time.”
The Chief Minister said, “We’re at the Ramlila Ground, in front of the GTB Hospital, where we’ve set up a 500-bed ICU Centre within 10 days. We know how dangerous the second wave has been. It has seen several people being affected; it has seen several deaths and the infection spread on a massive level. There has been a great need for ICU beds. Since Delhi saw a shortage of ICU beds, 500 such beds have been set up here. Only some monitors are left to be put up which, too, will be made available by tonight. Starting tomorrow, these 500 ICU beds, attached with the GTB Hospital will become functional.”
On the question of the possibility of a third wave, Kejriwal said, “We should certainly prepare for the third wave, for which we will have to further expand our infrastructure. Delhi witnessed a wave in November when 8,500 cases emerged, which we had successfully managed. With this wave, we touched a maximum of 28,000 cases, which brought our entire infrastructure under duress. However, the scale at which we are preparing our infrastructure, and the scale at which we are executing the same, even if 30,000 cases are to come up in the next wave, we are ready to deal with it.”
He said, “I hope the peak has passed, I hope the cases reduce in the coming days but after being in the Government and as the Chief Minister of Delhi, I would not want to give any concessions. From my end, I’d like complete preparations to be done, should the cases suddenly begin to increase from tomorrow. Nobody can predict anything about this contagion. If the cases begin to increase, we are prepared and the people need not be worried.”
“Delhi is left with vaccines that will last only three-four days. Today, we are giving out 1-1.25 lakh doses, and will take it to three lakh doses in the next few days. Therefore, if we are to give three lakh doses per day, we can give 90 lakh doses in one month. We can vaccinate entire Delhi in the next three months. Experts all around the world believe that in the UK and the US, where the cases declined, vaccines have played a major role. If we can vaccinate our people on a large scale, then probably we can be saved from the third wave,” he added.