Worries over lack of health facilities as survey reveals government hospitals have only have one ventilator for every 51 beds

Posted on Nov 30 2015 - 8:22pm by admin

While the Union and State government is trying hard to improve the conditions of government hospitals in Delhi, the lack of basic amenities available for is still posing as a major threat. 

A random survey on five government hospitals in Delhi shows that for around 5,100 beds available in the hospitals, there are around 100 working ventilators. 

This means, there is one ventilator for 51 beds. 

Patients are often denied admission and treatment in hospitals owing to the lack of availability of ventilators (Picture for representation only)


Patients are often denied admission and treatment in hospitals owing to the lack of availability of ventilators (Picture for representation only)

According to sources, shortage of ventilators is one of the major problems in hospitals. 

Patients are often refused admission and treatment because of the lack of availability of ventilators.

As per data, there is a total of 1,800 beds in Maulana Azad Medical College and Lok Nayak hospital, together. 

For these 1,800 beds, there are 15 to 20 ventilators available. In Baba Saheb Ambedkar hospital, there are five ventilators for 600 beds.

“The shortage of ventilators is  becoming a major issue especially after the Delhi government ordered the hospitals not to refer any patient. We are facing a lot of problems because of this.

Even if the ventilators are not working, we can’t refer the patient,” a senior doctor from GTB hospital told Mail Today. 

Deen Dayal hospital has 300 beds for which there are around eight ventilators. 

“Doctors have been asking the Union and the state governments to take some immediate steps regarding this matter. Shortage of beds and ventilators should be taken seriously. Officials have been informed about these issues,” a doctor from Sanjay Gandhi hospital told Mail Today.

 In July, a one-day-old baby died after Delhi hospitals failed to provide the child with ventilator support. 

As the infant’s parents could not afford private healthcare, they were referred to a government hospital but two government hospitals — Manohar Lohia and Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital — allegedly refused admission to the child, citing shortage of beds. 


According to relatives of the child’s parents, the child was born in a private hospital in Budh Vihar on Sunday noon but doctors informed them that the baby had respiratory problems and needed to be kept on ventilator for 48 hours. 

Delhi Health Minister, Satyendra Jain had immediately ordered an inquiry and asked the hospitals to submit a reply as to why they refused to admit the patient. 

The minister, howver, was unavailable for comment when contacted on Thursday. 

Recently, Union Health Minister JP Nadda also said that the government is soon going to increase the number of beds and ventilators in the hospitals. 

Ahead of swine flu, the government is trying its level best to keep the situation under control.

“But this is not a recent matter. These issues have always been there. Why don’t they increase the number of beds and ventilator supports? Large number of patients come to hospitals and have to be turned down as either the existing ventilators are not working or there is a shortage of beds,” a senior doctor told Mail Today.

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