State Govt. Reserves 50% Bed Capacity of Private Hospitals For Covid-19 Patients

Kohima, May 06 (NEx): The Chief Secretary to the Govt of Nagaland, J. Alam IAS stated in an order on May 5th, 2021 that 50% of the bed capacity of the normal wards and the ICU available with the private hospitals shall be reserved for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The order has been issued following the incidence of steep rise in Covid-19 cases in the State over the last few weeks, with a similar increase in the number of such patients requiring hospitalization.

The projections made for the number of ICU beds, oxygen supported beds and ward beds were discussed in the state level COVID war room and it was felt that the private hospitals should reserve at least 50% of their beds for treatment of COVID-19 patients to meet the emergency requirements, the CS said in the order.

The need for mobilizing resources available in the private hospitals to ensure effective management of COVID-19 patients was discussed with the representatives of private hospitals on May 3rd & 4th, 2021, the CS added.

Therefore, in exercise of the power conferred under Section 24 and 65 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and Section 2 of the Epidemic Diseases Act 1897, the State govt. directed that all private hospitals shall provide for treatment of COVID-19 patients as per the Standard Operating Procedure at Annexure I and reserve atleast 50 % of the bed capacity of the normal wards and the ICU available with the private hospitals (as per Annexure-I) for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

The District Task Force shall ensure compliance of this order, it said.

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