'Huge problem': Kejriwal tweets his critique of Lt Guv order on Covid-19 beds

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Shortly after Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal overruled the AAP government and directed authorities that no one should be denied treatment for not being a Delhi resident, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal termed the governor’s order as a “huge problem and challenge” for the city-state. The CM, however, added that his government will honour the directive.

“LG Sahib’s order has created a huge problem and challenge for the people of Delhi. Providing treatment for people coming from all over the country during the coronavirus epidemic is a big challenge. May God bless us to serve the people of the whole country. We will try to provide treatment to all,” tweeted the Delhi CM in Hindi this evening.

Baijal, drawing from various Supreme Court judgments, impressed upon the state government that the right to health is an integral part of the right to life under Article 21 of the Constitution.

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“...Directs all departments and authorities concerned of NCT of Delhi, to ensure that monitoring/treatment is not denied to any patient on the ground of not being a resident of NCT of Delhi,” theL-G said in his order.

In another order, the L-G overruled the city government’s order for coronavirus testing only for symptomatic patients.

Baijal said all nine categories people, including asymptomatic, as prescribed by the ICMR should be examined in the national capital.

As complaints about the quality of treatment at Delhi’s hospitals snowballed on social media, CM Kejriwal declared on Sunday that all government and private hospitals in the city would only treat Delhi residents while the Central government hospitals will remain open to all.

Deputy CM Manish Sisodia accused the BJP of forcing the decision upon the government through L-G Baijal.

“The BJP put pressure on the L-G and made him overrule our decision, now priority will not be given to people of Delhi in Delhi hospitals. Why is the BJP doing politics over Covid-19 and trying to fail the policies of state government”?,” Sisodia was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

The deputy CM, who also doubles up as state education minister, underlined that the decision was taken after careful thinking for the benefit of the people of Delhi.

“The Delhi government had taken the decision after thorough deliberations so that people of Delhi could get beds and treatment if cases increase in future. The CM had planned how many beds were needed for how many cases and how they will be arranged,” the ANI quoted Sisodia as saying.

Earlier today, defending the government’s decision to reserve hospital beds exclusively for Delhi residents, state health minister Satyendar Jain reasoned that over the past week more than 1,000 cases have been reported each day and batted for more space in hospitals for the city residents.

“Delhi and Mumbai are big metros which are facing a heavy brunt of the virus. A lot of foreigners come here, and had flights been closed earlier, the infection would not have spread that much. But given the situation now, when for the past several days, over 1000 cases are being reported every day, the situation is that Delhi people would need more space in hospitals,” said Jain.

The minister claimed that cases weren’t much in neighbouring cities.

The number of coronavirus cases in the national capital crossed the 28,000-mark with 1,282 fresh infections, while the death toll climbed to 812 on Sunday. Barring June 1, when Delhi saw a spike of 990 cases, it has been recording over 1,000 fresh cases every day from May 28 to June 7, the highest being 1,513 on June 3.

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