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Delhi govt gets Rs 200-cr boost

With an additional Rs 200 crore allotted to it by the union health ministry, the Delhi government is now working on upgrading its primary health care centres (PHC) and nursing homes in the Capital, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

delhi Updated: Apr 02, 2010 23:58 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

With an additional Rs 200 crore allotted to it by the union health ministry, the Delhi government is now working on upgrading its primary health care centres (PHC) and nursing homes in the Capital.

We had requested the ministry for funds to upgrade the existing infrastructure, and I’m glad we have got them,” said Kiran Walia, Delhi health minister.

With Rs. 1,242 crore allocated to the health department in this year’s state budget, Delhi government plans to set up three 200-bedded hospitals at Vikaspuri, Burari and Ambedkar Nagar.

The government also has seven smaller hospitals in the pipeline.

“It is really important to build our primary and secondary rung infrastructure (PHCs and nursing homes) as they will only help reduce the burden on tertiary and speciality hospitals,” said Walia.

“We will include mother and child welfare programmes — including immunisation, institutional delivery schemes, post delivery care, which will help boost the urban health mission, aimed at reducing maternal and child deaths,” she said.

The department of health also plans to use this money for four specialised vans dedicated to dental care. The health department is also drawing up a blueprint on a programme for mentally challenged people.

“So far, no one has ever thought of this segment of society and very few government initiatives are developed around mental health,” she said.

Delhi government is collaborating with Institute of Human Behavioural and Allied Sciences (IHBAS) to have a wide network of community outreach programme for the mentally challenged people.

IHBAS, the only mental health hospital in the city already has five dedicated community outreach programmes but the health department wants to scale it up to at least double that number.