The Suryaa, Taj Mansingh turn into COVID-19 facilities

In a move to combat the surge in complaints about the inadequacy of health infrastructure to fight COVID-19, Delhi govt has turned to luxury five star hotels to convert them into extended COVID 19 facilities.

The move has come after the Delhi High Court’s approval for using these hotels to augment healthcare facilities in the view of the rising cases in the National capital. The High Court decision has been taken on the recommendation of the Expert Panel appointed by the court. Hotel The Suryaa in New Friends Colony is the latest name that will be turned into an extended treatment facility.

Elaborating the expenses, the govt directive said, the room rent in a five-star hotel will be Rs 5,000 a day. Additionally, a maximum of Rs 5,000 a day can be charged for medical services which will be all-inclusive except for oxygen. An extra Rs 2,000 can be charged per day for provision of the oxygen cylinders. Also, if the hospital wants, its doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff can stay in the hotel, but the hospital will have to bear the cost.

In addition, Delhi's 5-Star Taj Mansingh Hotel will also be turned into the COVID-19 facility. It will be attached to Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.

According to the administrative order, the hotel will have the responsibility of providing rooms and food for the patients along with the housekeeping duties. The attached hospital will be responsible for the treatment of patients and ambulance services. Also, the Taj Mansingh staff will be provided with protective gear and basic training for patient handling.

Elaborating the expenses, the govt directive said, the room rent in a five-star hotel will be Rs 5,000 a day. Additionally, a maximum of Rs 5,000 a day can be charged for medical services which will be all-inclusive except for oxygen. An extra Rs 2,000 can be charged per day for provision of the oxygen cylinders.

Also if the hospital wants, its doctors, nurses and other paramedical staff can stay in the hotel, but the hospital will have to bear the cost.

 According to some news reports, Delhi Govt is also planning to use a total of 40 hotels and 77 banquet halls as makeshift hospitals, a move that is expected to add over 15,800 beds to the city’s tumbling health care infrastructure. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has recently mentioned that the city will need 150,000 beds by the end of July due to the continuous surge in the Novel Coronavirus cases.

Earlier In an order issued on May 29, the Delhi Government, in order to combat the shortage of beds to treat the COVID-19 patients and enhance its capacity by 1,000 beds, selected five luxury hotels to convert into extended COVID-19 facility attached to various hospitals. These hotels included Hotel Crown Plaza in Okhla with the Batra Hospital and Research Centre, Hotel The Suryaa in New Friends Colony with the Indraprastha Apollo hospital, Hotel Siddharth in Rajendra Place with Dr B.L. Kapur Memorial Hospital, Hotel Jivitesh in Pusa Road with the Sir Ganga Ram City Hospital, and Hotel Sheraton in Saket with Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital.

 According to some news reports, Delhi Govt is also planning to use a total of 40 hotels and 77 banquet halls as makeshift hospitals, a move that is expected to add over 15,800 beds to the city’s tumbling health care infrastructure. Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has recently mentioned that the city will need 150,000 beds by the end of July due to the continuous surge in the Novel Coronavirus cases.

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