Delhi to get 3 more hospitals with 650 beds each, construction to start in two months
New Delhi- The capital is now going to get an additional healthcare capacity of 1950 hospital beds, as the Delhi government is moving ahead with its plan to build three more hospitals having 650 beds each.
The hospitals are going to come up in areas of Madipur, Hastsal and Jwalapuri. While Madipur is located in West Delhi and is an urban slum area; Hastsal (near Vikaspuri) and Jwalapuri (in Nagloi) are inhabited by urban, rural and semi-urban population.
The Delhi government's Expenditure Finance Committee here on Monday approved the plan to build three hospitals, each having 650-bed capacity, to increase the access to secondary and tertiary healthcare. Construction is likely to start in two months.
"Each of the three hospitals is to have around 650 beds as per the initial plan, thereby, adding 1,950 beds in the Delhi hospitals," Health Minister Satyendar Jain informed.
Apart from increasing access to tertiary healthcare and reducing the expenses, the new hospitals would also reduce the burden on the existing facilities, he added
The committee, headed by Deputy Chief Minister and Finance Minister Manish Sisodia, approved the projects.
The hospitals will be constructed in Madipur, Hastsal and Jwalapuri areas of Delhi. "These locations have been selected given their high population density and lack of government hospital facility in proximity," he said.
"The new hospitals will cater to over 40 lakh people, who had to travel around 5 km (or 30 minutes) to the closest government facility," Jain said
"Analysis of the five-year data of the Guru Gobind Singh Hospital (which is 5 km from Madipur, Hastsal and Jwalapuri) shows OPD attendance had increased from 5.5 lakh in 2011 to 6.82 lakh in 2016, and has continued to rise. The corresponding increase for indoor admissions is 5,360 patients from 3,490 patients. Construction of new hospitals will lower the burden and increase beds per patient," the Minister said.
The aim, he said was to provide free and quality healthcare to all, regardless of their income status. To achieve it, increasing access to healthcare was of paramount importance, he said.