Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan recently inaugurated a host of facilities including Sunday OPD at Safdarjung Hospital in the national capital.
The geriatric Sunday OPD is dedicated for the elderly who faces issue on usual days due to huge influx of patients.
The OPD will be open every Sunday starting from July 28 in the main OPD complex. The old-age people will be able to receive facilities under different different specialties which including, medicine, general surgery, ENT, ophthalmology, and orthopedics.
Speaking on the occasion, Vardhan said, “Health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the government and today’s development reflects that the Prime Minister is committed to fundamentally transform the country and give quality health services to the people.”
“Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care”, he further stated.
The OPD timings will be from 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. while registration timings will be 9 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. at the OPD complex. The dispensary will issue medicines from 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Shedding more light on the relevance of special Sunday OPD for elderly, Dr Sunil Gupta, Medical Superintendent was quoted as saying, “This is an additional service along with the continuing OPDs. It was seen that on normal days the senior citizens often encounter problems and were not comfortable; they often had to stand for hours in long queues and faced difficulty in getting the proper care. At Safdarjung, on a daily basis, around 10 per cent of the total patient crowd is senior citizens.”