3 teams to inspect facilities at 30 Covid hosps, Health News, ET HealthWorld

New Delhi: With the fight against the novel coronavirus intensifying owing to a surge in the number of cases, teams of experts have been tasked to scan the services of Covid-designated hospitals in the capital to further improve the facilities. Starting this week, three committees formed by the Union ministry of health and family welfare will start inspecting the healthcare facilities.

The committees comprise domain knowledge experts, including doctors from AIIMS, Delhi government, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), and the Union health ministry. They would be assisted by doctors from the three municipal corporations and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).

During the inspection, there would be rapid assessment of the existing capacity, patient care amenities and other aspects of the Covid care facilities. “This will ultimately assist the government in making timely and effective decisions about Covid-19 management,” said an official.

A team consisting of professor Anant Mohan of AIIMS, Dr R Verma of DGHS, Dr SK Sarin of Delhi government and Dr Ramesh Kumar of NDMC has been assigned nine key Covid hospitals. They would be visiting Lok Nayak, Fortis, Max Shalimar Bagh, Sir Ganga Ram City, Kolmet and Rajendra Nagar hospitals, Maha Durga Charitable Hospital in Model Town, BLK, and Primus Super Specialty in Chankyapuri to assess the existing facilities and suggest measures for capacity building.

The second team has been allocated 10 hospitals, while the third 11 facilities for inspection. The three teams would together cover 30 hospitals, including Guru Teg Bahadur, Satyawadi Raja Harishchandra, Venkateswar (Dwarka), Deep Chand Bandhu, Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty, Holy Family (Okhla), Indraprastha Apollo (Sarita Vihar) and Max Smart Super Specialty in Saket.

A government official said that the inspection would motivate hospitals to fine-tune their existing Covid-related services, which would ultimately push the recovery curve upwards. “The teams will carry out the inspection on a weekly basis and also conduct surprise visits. They will suggest specific measures for betterment of the facilities and patient care services,” he added.

A report of the preceding week would be submitted by the teams to the secretary, Union ministry of health and family welfare, and chief secretary of Delhi every Tuesday by 5pm. The report would be used by the government to make necessary interventions to improve the facilities and services in government and private hospitals.

Currently, there are more than 26,000 active Covid patients of which nearly 6,000 are admitted in different hospitals, about 1,600 in care centres and over 16,000 are in home isolation. The recovery rate has been fast growing over the past few weeks. Till date, over 56,000 people have recovered, including many who were admitted in a critical condition.



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