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Hospital, more beds for E Delhi residents

delhi Updated: Sep 22, 2012 01:02 IST

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Anshu Prakash
Principal Secretary, Health and Family welfare, Delhi govt

East Delhi residents complain of a lack of government hospitals in the area. Will it get more hospitals in the future?
East Delhi already has 10 government hospitals. The 650-bed Rajiv Gandhi super-specialty hospital is being constructed. We are also improving the number of beds in GTB and LBS hospitals.

An accident victim can be taken only to GTB Hospital. The government hospitals don’t have a neuro-surgery department. Are you planning trauma services in the hospitals?
Emergency treatment of accident victims can be done at all the hospitals. Two of them, GTB and IHBAS, have neuro-surgery facilities as well. Lok Nayak and GB Pant hospitals cater to areas further east. The Shushruta Trauma Centre can also handle trauma cases.

A number of Delhi government dispensaries are not well-stocked, forcing people to buy medicines mostly from outside. Why so?
We have 60 dispensaries for the general public. At least 471 rate contracts have been issued to cover most essential drugs. There’s a possibility that a few drugs may be unavailable for some time. This is being monitored by the directorate of health services.

Broken-down diagnostic machines force people to go to private clinics for tests. What is the point of going to government hospitals if people have to pay for tests?
It’s the imaging tests which are causes for concern. The issues are being are addressed by enhancing capacity. We are taking steps to maintain our equipment
better.

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