Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, on June 2, announced the launch of the “Delhi Corona” app. The mobile application allows people access to information on the government’s arrangements for COVID-19 treatment which involves updated information on the availability of beds and ventilators in various government and private hospitals. The government has also created a webpage to disseminate this data.
The CM said that the Corona cases have risen sharply, however, “there is no need to worry as sufficient arrangement has been made to provide patients with beds, ventilators as per their need”, he added.
He further said, “In some cities and big countries across the globe, one of the biggest problems witnessed was a shortage of beds to cater to the needs of all the patients. So the shortage of beds, health infrastructure, ICUs and ventilators which led to a large number of people not getting proper treatment and the incidences of deaths being higher.”
The CM said that though enough arrangements have been made, people are not aware about it. “We have been receiving calls from people that they have not been able to find a bed or ventilator despite going to various hospitals – so this indicated an information gap. The government has made arrangements, but people do not know about them”, he said.
Hence, the CM said that the app launched will help to bridge the information gap. Besides providing information on the number of beds available, the app will also provide details on ventilators.
According to the CM, the app would show the overall figures of beds available, information on each hospital, and against the name of each hospital, details on when the information was updated, the total number of beds, beds occupied and vacant will be displayed. Considering the ventilators, the CM said, there are 302 ventilators available of which 92 were being used and 210 were free. The Delhi Corona app would be updated at 10 am and 6 pm daily.
Moreover, apart from the app and the webpage, the information will also be available through a ‘1031’ helpline. Further, the CM said that is anyone gets to know through the app or the webpage that in a certain hospital bed is available and is refused admission when reaches the hospital, the person can call the helpline. Special Secretary Health would be monitoring all such calls.