Thursday 12 December 2013

Massive Expansion Work Going on in Four Central Government Hospitals in the Capital

Massive expansion work is going on in four hospitals of the Central Government in New Delhi which include Safdurjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and LHMC and AIIMS.

 Out of the total number of patients visiting AIIMS and three Central Government Hospitals viz. Safdurjung Hospital, Dr. RML Hospital and LHMC and associated hospitals, for treatment, more than 50% are from outside Delhi. As a result, there is a huge load on these four hospitals as against their installed capacity. 

As there is a space constraint in expanding the present premises of AIIMS, the Government is setting up six new AIIMS in various states to provide tertiary care to the general population in the respective States/region. 

These have started functioning and services are being given to the local beneficiaries. 

This initiative will progressively bring down the load on AIIMS/Delhi in the coming years. 

Besides this, the Government has approved upgradation of 13 medical colleges upgraded under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY).

 Out of these 13 Medical Colleges, civil work in respect of eight medical colleges has been completed. In addition, the Government has also approved up-gradation of 39 more Medical Colleges under PMSSY.

 This will further reduce the inflow of the patients from distant areas to come to Delhi for better treatment and will reduce the load factor on these facilities and progressively bring down the waiting period. 

On similar lines, capacity augmentation has also been done in the three Central Government hospitals and there are ongoing projects underway in all the three facilities. 

At present, there are 2166 beds in these three hospitals. These projects when completed will add 3837 new beds thereby nearly tripling the present capacity. 

This will also help in substantially bringing down the waiting period. 

This was stated by Sh. Ghulam Nabi Azad, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today. 

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