In the wake of the Commonwealth Games (CWG) taking place in Delhi later this year, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) is all set to give its main hospital, Hindu Rao, a major face-lift.
The process has already begun and will be complete within the next six months, before the games start.
The hospital, which is the civic body’s nodal hospital for CWG, is being revamped and is being turned into a super-specialty hospital.
It will introduce branches like interventional cardiology, with in-house facility for angiography and angioplasty, endocrinology and oncology, among other super-specialties.
“Hindu Rao is our main and busiest hospital. The plan to upgrade it was long overdue,” said Dr Sanjeev Nayyar, chairman, MCD’s health committee.
The 980-bed hospital is burdened with large numbers of patients and sees over 5000 out-patient department (OPD) visits on a daily basis.
The hospital caters mostly to economically-weaker sections and doctors at the hospital feel the move will ultimately benefit the common man in the city.
“This hospital is visited by patients below poverty line. If it becomes a super-speciality hospital, they will benefit most,” said a senior doctor at the hospital, on condition of anonymity.
The CWG will take place around October, which is usually considered peak time for dengue outbreak.
The civic body’s Health Department is also taking extra care to ensure there are minimum dengue cases this year and provide better diagnostic and treatment facilities.
The department plans to establish haematological counters at all of its hospitals, nursing centres and even dispensaries, so as to make sure that the correct diagnosis is done in as little time as possible.
“All the counters will have haematological auto-analysers, and patients will get a detailed, printed copy of the result within an hour,” said Dr Nayyar.
Apart from Hindu Rao Hospital, MCD’s two other hospitals -- Swami Dayanand and Kasturba, having blood banks, will also get a platelet separator machine and in case of severely low platelet count, patients can even be administered platelets here.