The Delhi government plans to add 2,900 hospital beds with the construction of six hospitals with 200 beds, one with 100 beds and a hospital-cum-medical college with 750 beds, besides expanding capacities of existing health care facilities.
The Sheila Dikshit government claims that it has been able to increase the bed-population ratio in Delhi from 2.25 in 2004 to 2.55 in 2011. The government is hoping to increase this ratio to 3 beds per 1,000 people this year.
The decision has given paediatricians who had been pushing for the five-in-one vaccine in the state programme a reason to smile. The vaccine is expected to not just reduce the number of pricks for children, but also go a long way in bringing down death rates among children under the age of three.
The government has also taken steps to ensure people living with HIV/AIDS are able to have a balanced diet to cope with their compromised immune system. A financial assistance of Rs 1,000 per month will be given to poverty-struck patients of HIV/AIDS for anti-retroviral treatment.
For general treatment, orphaned children infected with HIV/AIDS will be given Rs 2,050 per month, and others affected by HIV/AIDS Rs 1,750 per month. A budget provision of Rs 5 crore has been made for this purpose.