The Delhi government on Wednesday proposed a 33% hike in the budget allocation for health for 2013-14 — Rs.2,490 crore was allocated against last year’s Rs.1,872 crore.
“Having created a robust health infrastructure with a chain of 38 hospitals and 509 dispensaries, Delhi now has got a total of 43,500 hospital beds in 886 health institutions,” said chief minister Sheila Dikshit.
“We will now sharpen our focus on preventive and promotive aspects of healthcare and encourage holistic approach to management of health, with greater emphasis on public health and management of lifestyle diseases,” she added.
Gym in Delhi colonies
According to WHO, India is one of the nations that will have most of the lifestyle disorders in the near future. A grant of Rs.1 lakh has been proposed for the RWAs to maintain a gym within colonies at no profit no loss basis.
Kick the butt
To help Delhiites quit smoking, the government proposes to set up tobacco cessation clinics, equipped with all necessary facilities, in all districts of the city.
Dedicated cells will be created in every district for imparting awareness on the concept of “safe food” among street vendors and public at large.
Adding hospital beds
Construction work on seven new hospitals and nine new dispensaries will start this year, and efforts will be focused on substantially increasing the bed capacity of existing hospitals, the CM said.
Aid to poor
To provide financial assistance to poor patients for expensive treatment, the income criteria of beneficiaries under the Delhi Arogya Kosh will be increased from Rs.2 lakh per annum to Rs.3 lakh from April 1, 2013.