The LG has directed authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal has reversed the order of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to restrict Delhi hospitals for the treatment of Delhiites only. LG Baijal has directed authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi, ANI reported.
Responding to the order issued by LG Baijal, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the decision would cause huge problems for the people of Delhi. He further said that the decision to treat all the people coming from different parts of the country will be challenging.
LG Sahib’s order has created a huge problem&challenge for the people of Delhi, CM Kejriwal tweeted from his official Twitter account. Providing treatment for people coming from all over the country during Coronavirus pandemic is a big challenge, he added in his tweet.
However, laying the matter to rest, Kejriwal conceded that the government will try to provide treatment to all the people.
Earlier, in view of the stressed condition of Delhi government hospitals during Covid-19 crisis, CM Kejriwal had said that only Delhi residents will be allotted beds in the Delhi government hospitals. The decision had led to huge uproar and criticism of the Kejriwal government for alleged discrimination with the residents of other states residing in Delhi. Confusion over who would be considered a Delhi resident had also emerged as the government did not mention what documents will be mandatory to prove the residence status of the patient.
Apart from the government hospitals under the jurisdiction of the Delhi government, the order issued by the CM had also ordered the private hospitals to also provide beds only to Delhi residents. All India health institutions which come under the central government like AIIMS, Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital had been kept out of the purview of the order.
LG साहिब के आदेश ने दिल्ली के लोगों के लिए बहुत बड़ी समस्या और चुनौती पैदा कर दी है
देशभर से आने वाले लोगों के लिए करोना महामारी के दौरान इलाज का इंतज़ाम करना बड़ी चुनौती है।शायद भगवान की मर्ज़ी है कि हम पूरे देश के लोगों की सेवा करें।हम सबके इलाज का इंतज़ाम करने की कोशिश करेंगे
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 8, 2020
Delhi has the second-highest number of positive Coronavirus cases in the country after the state of Maharashtra. The increasing number of cases had also forced the government to seal its border with the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh twice. The traffic movement on the Delhi-UP border was restored on Sunday.