10 June, 2020
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Crossing the line: On Delhi’s decision to limit health services
Part of: GS-II- Governance (PT-MAINS-PERSONALITY TEST)
Delhi should not hide failures by limiting health-care access to just its residents
The decision announced by Chief Minister to restrict COVID-19 treatment in Delhi’s private hospitals and those run by the government of NCT only to those with proof of residence in the city was ill-thought-out.
What to do?
The ICMR’s May 18 strategy directed testing of direct and high risk contacts of confirmed coronavirus individuals even if asymptomatic. The government revised this by removing “asymptomatic” from the clause, which was also overturned by the LG who ordered that guidelines must be adhered to in their entirety. Delhi is testing more than the national average for per million population but that does not say much given that it has a population density 30 times the national figure. Delhi needs to get its act together.
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