NEW DELHI : Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday submitted a report to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the status of Delhi government’s programme for expansion of public health infrastructure in the national capital.
The report states that in addition to the existing capacity of 11,353 beds in 38 Delhi government hospitals, a total capacity of 13,899 beds is being added. Three hospitals, with a capacity of approximately 2,800 beds are set to open in the next six months.
The Indira Gandhi Hospital in Dwarka, with 1241 beds will be the largest hospital in West Delhi, with state-of-the-art facilities. Similarly, two hospitals with approximately 772 and 600 beds respectively are nearing completion in Burari and Ambedkar Nagar, it said.
A new Mother and Child Block has been cleared by the Cabinet for Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Khichripur, with 460 beds, and the tendering has been completed. Four new hospitals, one each in Sarita Vihar, Madipur, Hastsal and Jwalapuri will be brought before the Expenditure Finances Committee (EFC) in the coming week.
The plans for the construction have already been drawn. The total capacity of these new hospitals will be 2,200. Additionally, a 100 bedded hospital each in Bindapur and Siraspur has also been approved, and the tendering will be initiated soon, the report added.
However, the largest share of the expanded capacity is from the projects to construct new blocks for existing hospitals of the Delhi government. A capacity of 5,739 beds is being added in 15 existing hospitals, with simultaneous remodeling in all hospitals.
After receiving the report, the Chief Minister said, “The expansion of public health infrastructure in Delhi is unprecedented. It is the largest program for improving access to healthcare anywhere in the world. The total increase in capacity that is currently underway in terms of bed capacity is more than 122%. But this is not just about the number of beds, but also about the quality of facilities provided.”
By 2023, the government expects all projects to be complete and all new hospitals and new blocks to be ready for operations. “Our goal is to make every single government hospital in Delhi, not just better than private hospitals in the city, but to make them the best hospitals in the entire country. Delhi citizens deserve world class facilities and we will make that a reality,” said the chief minister.
The Health department’s report also added that 200 Mohalla Clinics are ready for launch in October this year, and additionally 200 more will be ready by December.
In the period since the first Mohalla Clinic was launched in Peeragarhi Relief Camp in July 2015, this would be the largest addition to any city’s primary healthcare network in history.
The scale at which Mohalla Clinics are operating is unparalleled. Over 1.6 crore OPD visits and 15.3 lakh tests have been conducted in these clinics free of cost since July 2015, Mr Kejriwal said.