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City hospitals can’t handle migrant pressure: CM

While the national Capital may be welcoming the half a million new migrants every year, the state government said the hospitals were not equipped to handle any new patient load.

delhi Updated: Apr 15, 2010 00:05 IST
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While the national Capital may be welcoming the half a million new migrants every year, the state government said the hospitals were not equipped to handle any new patient load.

“Development brings in work opportunity, and therefore an added workforce. While Delhi is growing very fast, our supportive infrastructure namely schools and hospitals are just not ready to handle the added pressure,” said Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, speaking at 3rd annual India Business Forum Conference.

“Thirty per cent of our hospitals cater only to the patient load coming from neighbouring states. While Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon may be developing as modern cities but how are they helping us. Lack of government healthcare facilities is only putting all the pressure on us,” she said.

There are 41 hospitals and 250 dispensaries under the Delhi government catering to the state population, which is about 16 million.

Asking for a holistic approach in building new cities, Dikshit said, “If their governments had contributed in building the health infrastructure we would be in a much better position to handle this workforce load.”

Delhi health Minister Kiran Walia who was also present at the conference expressed her fears on the unavailability of the government to provide free and fair treatment to the entire Delhi population.

“We are already overburdened. Unless neighbouring cities do not develop good public hospitals for its local population, the pressure on the Capital will always remain immense as people will continue coming here in search of work,” said Walia.

Walia also expressed the need for a balanced development in neighbouring cities.