Delhi Health Minister, Satyendra Jain has directed the officials to purchase 1,000 new beds to accommodate dengue patients in hospitals.
Jain said that within four days more beds will be added in the city hospitals to accommodate dengue patients. "If hospitals lack space, the new beds can be kept in lobbies or wherever space is available," he added.
AdvertisementThe move comes after the incident, where a seven-year-old boy died of suspected dengue as he was denied bed in two hospitals and his parents committed suicide after performing his last rites.
"Hospitals have been asked to postpone surgeries by one month so that beds could be freed for dengue patients...our first priority is to treat such (dengue) patients," said Jain.
Jain blamed the municipal corporation for not taking measures to check mosquito breeding.
"The government will take strict action against mosquito breeding checkers for not doing their work," said Jain.
A total of 1,259 dengue cases have been recorded in Delhi this year till September 5, as per the data by the municipal corporation.