Delhi government has procured 125 new ventilators to add to the existing 80 following media reports that Ambu-bags, manual hand-held devices which support breathing, were being used to resuscitate patients.
These ventilators will be installed across 36 Delhi government hospitals in the next 15 or 20 days, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
Government hospitals in Delhi are facing severe shortage of ventilators at its hospitals.
Only 80 ventilators are catering to patients in over 10,000 beds; however, the norm is 2,000 ventilators for as many patient beds.
Kejriwal had pulled up Health Minister Satyendar Jain over shortage of ventilators in hospitals who in turn sought to shift the blame to Lt Governor Najeeb Jung accusing the Health Secretary “appointed by him” of not reaching hospital to deal with a case of medical negligence.
Jain had received information about death of a patient on December 10 in Lok Nayak Hospital allegedly because he was not provided with ventilator support.
Jain was going to the hospital to check the ground reality, and he had also asked the Health Secretary to accompany him but the officer had refused saying his car was not available.
Jain blamed the L-G, saying he has appointed the “most incompetent” IAS officer as the health secretary. He tweeted: