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Govt pledges to add 2,900 hospital beds

delhi Updated: May 29, 2012 01:08 IST
HT Correspondents

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.

Chief minister Dikshit on Monday proposed to spend Rs 2,124 crore on the health care sector. This is 14.16% of the total plan outlay, up from 12.8% in 2011-12. One vaccine for newborns with potency to fight diphtheria, pertusis, tetanus (DPT), Hepatitis B and haemophilus influenza type B will be introduced by the government this fiscal. The pentavalent vaccine can protect against other ailments as well, including pneumonia, meningitis and ear infections. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/Popup/2012/5/29_05_pg4d.jpg

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.