TREATMENT rates for Covid-19 patients in Delhi recommended by a committee constituted by HM Amit Shah

A  high-powered committee formed by  Union Home Minister Amit Shah has recommended the cost of a COVID-19 isolation bed in Delhi hospital in the range of Rs 8,000 to Rs 10,000 and an ICU bed with a ventilator at Rs 15,000 to Rs 18,000 per day. The committee, under the chairmanship of V K Paul, Member NITI Aayog, was constituted on Sunday to ensure the availability of 60 percent beds by private hospitals at lower rates and fix the rate of corona testing and treatment. “The committee has recommended Rs 8000-10000, 13000-15000 & 15000-18000 including PPE costs for isolation bed, ICUs without & with ventilator respectively to all hospitals as compared to the current charges of Rs 24000-25000, 34000-43000 & 44000-54000 (excluding PPE cost),” a Home Ministry spokesperson said. The Supreme Court on Friday took note of the differences in Covid-19 testing charges in various states and asked the Centre to decide on the issue, and said all states should set up a panel of experts to inspect hospitals to ensure proper care to the patients. A bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan, SK Kaul and MR Shah, which would pass the order later, observed during the hearing that there should be uniformity in Covid-19 testing charges in all states. It said the court might also consider passing an order for the installation of CCTVs in hospitals to ensure monitoring of patient care. Union Home Minister Amit Shah has been personally monitoring the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, on the advice of the Prime Minister  Narendra Modi. As per directions given by the HM Amit Shah in a series of meetings chaired by him over the last few days in regard to the Covid-19 situation in Delhi, house-to-house health survey in 242 containment zones of Delhi has been completed on June 18. A total of 2.3 lakh people was surveyed. Further, on directions of the Union Home Minister to increase testing capacity & quick delivery of results in Delhi, testing via Rapid Antigen testing methodology was started yesterday. A total of 7,040 people has been tested in 193 testing Centres. Testing will continue with increased numbers in the coming days. Sample testing has been doubled immediately following decisions taken by Shri Amit Shah. A total of 27,263 testing samples have been collected in Delhi from 15th to 17th June 2020 against the daily collection which varied between 4,000-4,500 earlier.

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