As the Lok Sabha polls are nearing, the Delhi government is launching a number of healthcare initiatives one after the other. The government on February 9, 2019, started Walk-In-Casualty at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital (GTBH).
The Walk-In-Casualty was inaugurated by the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with a view to provide efficient care to less critical patients in emergency wards. This Walk-In-Casualty is equipped with modern medical equipment, beds and air conditioners.
CM Kejriwal said that only 10% of patients come to emergency in a serious condition while 90% of emergency patients come in less serious condition.
“Our government has focused more on healthcare and education. Our doctors (Delhi Government) are not only famous in Delhi but also in the world,” said Kejriwal.
Kejriwal said that it has become a challenge to provide healthcare to all as the people from the other states also look to Delhi for medical care. It can’t provide treatment to all people of the country.
Kejriwal said that there are sufficient number of hospitals to cater to the population of Delhi. There is no need to expand but the Delhi High Court recently rejected reservation policy that seeks healthcare to people of Delhi only.
Kejriwal added that this was a wrong decision on part of the High Court. "This matter is in Supreme Court. I hope SC will recognize work of Delhi Government. No matter how much budget you spend on health in Delhi it will remain insufficient compared to the population when it comes to provide treatment to large population," he explained.
The CM said that he respects the right to health of people who come for treatment to Delhi from other states but this right should be addressed by the concerned state where the patient belongs.