As the Covid-19 cases in the capital are increasing at an unprecedented pace, the Delhi government on Wednesday ordered the linking of 23 private and five government hospitals with hotels and banquet halls to manage moderate patients who do not need strict monitoring.
The Shehnai Banquet Hall, located opposite the LNJP Hospital, will provide 120 beds. The LNJP will also get 120 beds at the Rouse Avenue School in phase II. The Music Sandoz Banquest (250 beds) in Wazirpur Industrial Area has been linked with the DCB Hospital, the Grand Utsav Banquet (75 beds) has been linked with Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital in Rohini and Golden Tulip Banquest Hall (60 beds) has been linked with DDU Hospital in West district. The Yamuna Sports Complex near Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital will provide 200 beds. The linked hospitals will provide doctors, medical staff and infrastructure at these facilities.
These extended Covid centres will also provide regular hotel services such as rooms, housekeeping, disinfection and food to patients.
In view of surge in #COVID19 cases & in order to augment COVID hospital bed capacity, these hotels are to be linked to hospitals mentioned against their names for converting them into extended COVID hospitals: Delhi Govt pic.twitter.com/nUnzzFtfaP— ANI (@ANI) April 14, 2021
However, various medical facilities such as doctors, nurses, medicines, oxygen supply, masks, PPE kits and gloves provided at the extended centres will be linked to private Covid-19 hospitals, the order said.
According to the order, five-star hotels will be allowed to charge a maximum of ₹5,000 per patient per day and the four and three star hotels can charge Rs4,000 for the services rendered. In addition, the hospitals can charge ₹5,000 per patient per bed and an additional ₹2,000 for oxygen support. Any investigations needed will be chargeable as per hospital rates, the order said.
“The rates of the banquet halls/ other facilities will be provided by the divisional commissioner in due course,” a second order signed by Amit Singhla, Secretary (H&FW), GNCTD read.
Nonetheless, in case of severity, the coronavirus patient will be immediately transferred/admitted to private linked hospitals from the centres, the order added.
Arvind Kejriwal announced earlier today that Delhi will shut down on the weekend to "break the chain of transmission" as it tackles a steep rise in Covid cases and night curfew will also be there from 10 pm to 5 am on April 6 till April 30.