Several people have reported that they were unable to find a bed in private and also government hospitals when they reached there with Covid patients even though the government portal and app showed that beds were available. (Representative image)
NEW DELHI: In an order to all hospitals, the Delhi government has reiterated that live availability of beds must be updated on the designated government portal and Delhi Corona app as regularly as feasible.
Many patients are still finding it difficult to get beds while the government portal shows beds are available. Due to many hospitals not regularly updating the bed availability information on the designated portal and mobile application there is a lack of reliable official information about the availability of beds. It causes the patients and their relatives to go through agony and harassment in search of beds.
“Medical directors/medical superintendents/directors of all hospitals and nursing homes functioning as Covid hospitals are directed to update the status of beds on portal/Delhi Corona App as frequently as feasible but not later than two hours,” stated an order issued by the health and family welfare department.
Nodal officers and in-charges of hospitals have been asked to ensure compliance of the health department order. The designated website is https://coronabeds.jantasamvad.org/ or https://delhifightscorona.in
Several people have reported that they were unable to find a bed in private and also government hospitals when they reached there with Covid patients even though the government portal and app showed that beds were available. It creates panic among the patients and their family members, and they get into distress after they learn upon reaching a hospital that no bed is available. The discrepancies have been brought to the notice of the government.
“It has been reported that many hospitals are not updating status of different categories of beds regularly on the designated portal and Delhi Corona App. This is creating great hardship to public who, in the absence of reliable information, are forced to spend time and energy in searching for vacant beds and are subjected to great harassment and agony,” the government order stated.
According to the designated website at 7:30pm on Friday, Delhi had 2256 out of 22150 Covid-19 beds vacant, 41 ICU beds vacant (out of 5582) and 1361 oxygen beds vacant (out of 19457).