New Delhi : Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday launched a video call facility for coronavirus patients admitted at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital to talk to their loved ones. He also congratulated the doctors for working for and successfully treating the Corona patients since 100 days now. While launching the video conferencing technology for the patients, CM Arvind Kejriwal interacted with the hospital doctors and patients admitted to the hospital through video calling.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “We are launching a new technological facility. Till now, the problem was that if a COVID positive patient was admitted to the hospital, relatives of the patient were not able to meet them or talk to them. The relatives and family members were not able to get information on the condition of the patient. Now, tablets have been installed in every ward of the hospital. The family members can visit the hospital and talk to the patient through video conferencing.”
Briefing Shri Arvind Kejriwal on the services provided by LNJP hospital to the Corona patients through a presentation, the team of doctors said that LNJP has been declared as the first purely dedicated Corona care hospital in the country with 2000 beds, all attached with oxygen support. Around 2751 patients have been recovered and discharged successfully by the hospital, which is the highest recovery figure country-wide. The facilities provided by various wards including the gynecology ward, surgery ward, etc, were also presented to the CM and the Dy CM.
The help desk has been established in the hospitals on the directions of the CM. Tablets have been installed in coronavirus wards and at a counter outside, which can be used by patients and their relatives for video calling. Earlier the relatives of the patients were not happy with the information about the patients not being provided to them.
Various technological advancements such as the installation of CCTV cameras, TVs, etc were also portrayed. Dy CM Shri Manish Sisodia suggested that the use of these tablets is also beneficial for the doctors and the administration to be in regular touch with the patients, instead of physically being present besides the patient which exposes them to the risk of Corona.
CM Arvind Kejriwal interacted with the HODs and the doctors in various departments through the use of the video calling through the tablets. He said, “I want to congratulate you for completing 100 days as a Corona dedicated hospital and treating Corona patients. LNJP was declared a COVID-19 hospital on March 17 and since then, it has been a long journey and it has been a difficult, tough, and arduous journey for all of you. I have heard a lot of times about you all, that it has been days since you have not visited your homes and not met your family members. I know that it is not easy to wear a PPE kit and sweat it out for 8 hours day after day. To walk into a ward full of patients knowing that you may get yourself infected. But you are putting service before fear, and fighting the disease with humanity. We know that there is no cure to this disease, and the doctors are fighting a battle against the virus without any weapons with them. But what will save people is your perseverance. I know you are all doing your best to help every patient find the strength within themselves to fight this incurable disease.”
“I know that there are negative stories in the media about the hospital, I have seen videos floating around blaming the hospital and the doctors for lack of treatment and various other reasons. It is easy for the media to blame doctors, but I understand that you all are doing your best. We must take every feedback positively and make things even better for our patients. No matter what the media does, I promise you that I will stand by you. I am telling the media that all this lack is because of Kejriwal and not because of the doctors or the nurses. You are all doing an amazing job and we all stand like a rock behind you. We are with you if you face any difficulty in the future. Obviously, there is a scope for improvement and we will keep improving hospital facilities as and when required. But we all are very very proud of you. I had recently said that we are fighting two wars with China simultaneously. On the border with China and with the virus in our hospitals. The doctors are fighting a war against the virus and our soldiers are fighting on the border against China. And I want to tell you that each and every citizen stands behind you in the same way we stand behind our soldiers,” said the CM.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also interacted with the patients inside the ICU ward of the LNJP Hospital. He asked the well-being of the patient, who had been infected by Corona since 14th June. The patient told the Chief Minister that he was highly satisfied with the services of the hospital, and appreciated the doctors and the medical and nursing staff of the hospital. The next patient to interact with the CM was an elderly citizen, who said that it was through the efforts of the medical team of the LNJP hospital, that she was recovering steadily from Corona.
The doctors also informed the CM and the Dy CM, that a diabetic Corona patient was given plasma therapy, and his condition has been improving ever since. His saturation levels have increased from 80% with the oxygen mask, to 90% now, and the patient is out of danger and has been shifted out of the ICU ward.
Briefing the media following his visit, CM Arvind Kejriwal said, “It has been 100 days since the LNJP hospital has been working on the treatment of Corona patients. LNJP was declared a COVID-19 hospital on March 17. It is the country’s largest COVID-19 dedicated hospital, and since March 17, it has successfully treated 2,700 COVID positive patients and sent them home. It is the only COVID-19 hospital in the country with 2,000 beds,”
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that corona patients with mild symptoms or who are asymptomatic are generally treated at home itself. The patients who are very serious and are need hospitalization, are admitted to LNJP. “Their treatment was also not easy. But, all the doctors, without thinking about themselves or their families, have worked here day and night for the service of the people. You may imagine how difficult it is for the doctors to spend so many hours in a PPE kit. The medical team, nurses, and doctors of the LNJP hospital are doing a tremendous job. Recently, the media had highlighted some lack of facilities in the hospital, and I want to say that all these inadequacies are because of the administration and the government. The doctors and nurses are doing a great job, and there is no lack in their service to the people. We are trying our best to do away with those shortfalls, and we have overcome some of them. You can keep telling us the shortcomings and we will keep on improving and addressing them,” added the CM.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that for the first time, the plasma therapy was tried in the LNJP hospital and it came out to be successful. He said, “Plasma therapy is being used on a large scale here, which has decreased the death rate of the hospital. A Corona positive pregnant mother, might not get admission to any hospital in Delhi for delivery. There have been 114 deliveries in LNJP Hospital yet, and also facilities of dialysis are also available in this hospital.”