Delhi Government has prepared a blueprint to enhance the capacity of Delhi Government run hospitals by 120 per cent. A report in this regard was submitted by the Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Tuesday to the Chief Minister on the status of Delhi Government’s programme for expansion of public health infrastructure in the national Capital.
The report stated that a total capacity of 13,899 beds is being added in addition to the existing capacity of 11,353 beds in 38 Delhi Government hospitals. "Three hospitals with a capacity of approximately 2,800 beds are also set to open in the next six months," it stated.
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.
A new Mother and Child block have been cleared by the Cabinet for Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital, Khichripur with 460 beds, and the tender process 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.
According to the report, 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, it said.
Earlier, the chief minister had asked for the details of the scope and nature of the Health department's plan to build new hospitals, expand existing hospitals and add specialised treatment services in existing hospitals.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the vision is to provide best quality healthcare to every citizen of Delhi irrespective of economic background of patients.
Kejriwal further said that 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 per cent. But this is not just about the number of beds, but also about the quality of facilities provided," he added.
"The Government expects all projects to be complete and all new hospitals and new blocks to be ready for operations by 2023.
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," he said.