In a bid to strengthen existing healthcare infrastructure, enabling people of all strata to avail accessible and affordable healthcare, the Delhi Government has decided to upgrade medical facilities in hospitals across the national capital.
Bed strength and other required infrastructure would be upgraded in around 15 city government-run hospitals including Lok Nayak Jayaprakash (LNJP) Hospital, LBS Hospital and Bhagwan Mahaveer Hospital, officials said recently.
Under the project, a “state-of-the-art” block will be constructed in Lok Nayak Jayaprakash (LNJP) Hospital, which is one of the biggest Government-run hospitals in Delhi where thousands of patients visit daily.
“We are seeking to boost healthcare facilities in the national capital. And, as part of a project, 15 Delhi government hospitals are to be upgraded. This will include remodelling of various buildings, increasing bed strength, augmenting medical care infrastructure, among other measures,” a top official in the Delhi health department told PTI.
LNJP would get makeover in terms of healthcare infrastructure
Once upgraded, the improved infrastructure at these facilities, besides other upcoming hospitals, would help address growing needs of patients, officials said.
During recent strike by doctors, many medical bodies, including the Delhi Medical Association (DMA), had highlighted precarious situation on front of healthcare delivery. They had made an appeal to Centre and various State Governments to improve the situation in terms of doctor-patient ratio and other determinants influence patient care.
Dr Kishore Singh, Medical Director of the LNJP Hospital said, a “major upgrade” facilities in on the cards.
“A new 22-storey gyane-pediatric-medicine block will be constructed as part of this government project. It will be a state-of-the-art facility, a tender process has begun,” he told.
Singh said, as part of the project, the old OPD block’s casualty facility will be renovated with addition of 57 beds.
“We have also placed order for linear accelerator used for cancer treatment,” he added.
3 more hospitals in the offing across Delhi
Senior health department officials said, “besides the upgrade of existing facilities, three new, under-construction hospitals are in the final stages of the projects.”
These upcoming hospitals include, a 800-bed facility at Burari, 1,500-bed hospital at Dwarka and 600-bed hospital at Ambedkar Nagar, the official said.
Delhi government in its budget for 2019-20 had allocated Rs 7,485 crore for the health sector, with Rs 588 crore being proposed for construction of new hospitals and re-modelling of existing ones.