The Delhi government will construct eight new hospitals in various parts of the national capital including rural areas where people face difficulties in availing health facilities in government hospitals, said Health Minister A.K. Walia. On completion, these hospitals will provide additional 2,000 beds in the city, he said. He added, “This will help poor people, especially in rural localities of the city, who are forced to travel far to government hospitals during emergency.
An official statement said the public works department has done the spadework for starting the construction of these hospitals. While 200-bedded hospitals are going to be constructed in Burari, Madipur, Siraspur, Hastsal, Ambedkar Nagar and Sarita Vihar areas, a 750-bed hospital is planned to come up in Dwarka. ”The PWD has been instructed to complete construction within a stipulated schedule while closely monitoring structural stability and prescribed specifications in respect of approved hospitals,” the statement added.
The Delhi government’s health and family welfare department will closely monitor the progress of construction. The much-awaited Janakpuri super-specialty hospital is expected to be commissioned in the next couple of months. Fifty beds in the hospital will be earmarked for cancer patients and 25 for dialysis to cater to the needs of renal failure patients. “We understand the need of super-specialty health services and during this year we will make full utilisation of the existing infrastructure and upgradation of services,” said Walia. A separate cell in the department of health will coordinate with all departments involved in construction of the new hospitals. The new hospitals will be constructed as per the green building concept.