Air quality recorded unhealthy in the national capital, Delhi on October 22. Since last week, the air of Delhi has been in the 'poor' and 'unhealthy' category. Air Quality Index (AQI), near ITO PM 2.5 at 141 and PM 10 at 196. However, to maintain fitness, a group of cyclists was seen riding on the roads of the national capital. While raising concern on bad air quality, cyclists praised Delhi government's move 'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign as part of the war against pollution."'Red Light On, Gaadi Off' campaign is really good it saves fuel and will save bad air also," said a cyclist. "Common man needs to be aware about air pollution, till then no government can change the situation", another cyclist said. "Citizens should take little steps to make environment clean, and perform our duties", the cyclist added.
The Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain stated that COVID-19 patients have been benefit via plasma therapy in the state and it has also saved his own life. "Plasma saved my life, and it is beneficial in Delhi. Over 2,000 people got positive response from plasma therapy," said Satyendar Jain on being asked that Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) may soon scrap plasma therapy from COVID-19 national treatment protocol as it failed to benefit COVID-19 patients. "Even America had said that it is beneficial," the Health Minister added. It is noted that Delhi is running plasma blood bank for the treatment of COVID-19.
Health Minister of Delhi, Satyendar Jain on October 19 informed that 5034 beds occupied at hospitals in Delhi, around 70% still available in wake of COVID-19. He said, "5034 beds occupied at hospitals in Delhi, around 70% still available. Situation is slightly better than what it was around 1 month back. Still, I request all to wear mask and maintain social distancing, so that COVID-19 doesn't spread again during festive season."
Air quality is continuously deteriorating in the national capital with rise of pollutants. Stubble burning in neighbouring states is said to be among major reasons for pollution. Speaking to media, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said, "Thermal power stations were a major cause of pollution here. Therefore, Delhi government's power stations were closed down in the past few years." "Delhi is the only state where there is no thermal power station," he added.
The Delhi government on Saturday ordered shifting of all COVID-19 patients from civic-run Hindu Rao Hospital to its own facilities, days after the resident doctors went on a "symbolic indefinite strike" over non-payment of their due salaries for the last three months. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, interacting with reporters, said, as of now 20 patients are at the Hindu Rao Hospital."Today, we have ordered to shift all COVID-19 patients from Hindu Rao Hospital to our own facilities. They have the choice to be shifted to LNJP Hospital or any other government hospital nearby their homes," he said.Hindu Rao Hospital is the largest municipal hospital in Delhi with 900 beds, and is currently a dedicated COVID-19 facility. Many of its healthcare workers had contracted the infection earlier.
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