Notices issued to reopen private clinics and hospitals in Ahmedabad

All the doctors in private clinics and hospitals in the city of Ahmedabad have been issued a notice to resume their operations in the next forty eight hours. This notice was issued by IAS officer Rajiv Kumar Gupta on Wednesday, the 6th of May. This notice was issued as several private clinics and hospitals had been shut since late March due to the corona virus outbreak. 

“As many as 228 private doctors in Gujarat’s Ahmedabad city have been served notices by the civic authorities, asking them to comply with an earlier order and open their clinics and hospitals by May 8”, said an official on Thursday, the 7th of May.

Mr Rajiv Kumar Gupta has been posted as the Officer on Special Duty in Ahmedabad. The IAS officer, Mr Rajiv Kumar Gupta, has been appointed to oversee corona virus related operations of the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC). 

On Wednesday, the 6th of May, Mr. Gupta asked all private clinics and hospitals to resume functionality or they would rather lose their license.

“Notices were served to 228 doctors on Thursday to remind them of the deadline ending on Friday. In case of default, identified doctors shall be attached to private designated COVID-19 hospitals or COVID-19 care centres. However, private clinics run by doctors above 65 years of age are exempted from compulsory opening.”, said a release issued by Mr Rajiv Kumar Gupta.

Officer on Special Duty, Mr Gupta, also said that the AMC has decided to take over 60 hotels which are to be used as designated COVID 19 health care centres. 

“These hotels are being requisitioned under the Epidemic Act for providing air conditioned facilities,” said the release by IAS officer Rajiv Kumar Gupta. 

Additionally, Mr Rajiv Kumar Gupta added that the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has reserved eight new private hospitals to facilitate the treatment of COVID 19 patients. 

“This takes the total number of private hospitals designated as COVID-19 hospitals to 15 and the number of beds to around 1,600”, added the release by Mr Rajiv Kumar Gupta.

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