Delhi is all set to get additional 2,000 hospital beds with the government giving the go-ahead for the construction of eight new hospitals.
Hospitals with 200 beds will be constructed at Burari, Madipur, Siraspur, Hastsal and Ambedkar Nagar. A 100-bedded hospital will come up at Sarita Vihar. The construction of a 750-bedded hospital at Dwarka will also begin this year, and the existing hospital at Pooth Khurd will get 100 extra beds.
"This will help poor people, especially in rural localities of the city, who are forced to travel far to government hospitals during emergency," said Dr AK Walia, state health minister.
The Delhi government's health and family welfare department will closely monitor the progress of construction.
The much-awaited Janakpuri super-specialty hospital is expected to be commissioned in the next couple of months. Fifty beds in the hospital will be earmarked for cancer patients and 25 for dialysis to cater to the needs of renal failure patients.
"We understand the need of super-specialty health services and during this year we will make full utilisation of the existing infrastructure and upgradation of services," said Walia.
A separate cell in the department of health will coordinate with all departments involved in construction of the new hospitals. The new hospitals will be constructed as per the green building concept.