COVID-19 patients in home isolation given pulse oximeters: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

New Delhi (NVI): Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that coronavirus patients in home isolation have been sent pulse oximeters to measure their oxygen levels while the ICU beds are being ramped up across the national capital for patients with serious complications.

While addressing a press conference Kejriwal said, “As promised, all the patients in home isolation have been provided with oximeters. It will act as ‘Suraksha Kawach’. Check your oxygen levels every 1-2 hours. If it drops below 94, call us and we will send the oxygen cylinder to your house. If required, you will be sent to the hospital.”

“Besides this, the situation is under control and there is no need to worry. I feel that in coming time more ICU beds will be required. They are being increased in the LNJP, GTB, Rajiv Gandhi hospital in large numbers for serious patients,” he added.

He further added, “There is adequate availability of beds for Covid-19 patients in the capital and claimed that the situation has been brought ‘under control’ by attaching hotels with hospitals.”

The Chief Minister said that plasma therapy will now be conducted on 200 more people. “LNGP and Rajiv Gandhi hospital have been allowed to conduct plasma therapy and so have some private hospitals.”

He said that since the start of plasma therapy at the LNJP hospital, the number of deaths have reduced to less than half as compared to earlier.

“It may be difficult to save very serious patients using plasma therapy, but it can help moderate patients by not letting their condition worsen,” Kejriwal added.

Meanwhile, Delhi witnessed a spike of 3,390 COVID-19 cases and 64 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 73,780.

-CHK