In an endeavour to provide experts’ advice to medicos involved in tacking COVID-19 patients at minor hospitals in Delhi and small cities across the country, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Delhi has set up a 24X7 COVID-19 helpline number. The step has been undertaken after the directive from the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Through the helpline number, the callers can take OPD appointments and also talk to volunteers while doctors can talk to consultants, an ANI report said.
As per the report, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Shah has directed to form a committee of senior doctors from AIIMS so that the best practices in the fight against coronavirus are communicated to the lowest level.
“Following @HMOIndia directions, AIIMS Delhi has set up a 24×7 covid19 helpline no(Eng/Hindi). CoNTeC-AIIMS 9115444155; callers can take OPD appointments, talk to volunteers while doctors can talk to Consultants,” stated a tweet of spokesperson, ministry of home affairs.
In the wake of increasing cases of COVID-19 in the national capital, Shah held a a high-level meeting with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other senior officials of the government recently. A series of steps was announced in the meeting to bolster Delhi’s health infrastructure. The Centre has decided to provide 500 converted rail coaches to the Delhi government. This will add 8000 beds for COVID19 patients.
On the instructions of Shah, the Union Ministry of Health has also set up three teams of four doctors each from AIIMS Delhi, Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) health ministry and Delhi government by MCD officials teams to inspect major dedicated COVID19 facilities proposed in Delhi to make recommendations for improvement, the report said.
Meanwhile, cases continue to spike in Delhi. In last 24 hours, the city has reported 2224 new cases and 56 fatalities. With this, the total tally has mounted to 41,182.