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Satellite dental clinics for Delhi districts

delhi Updated: Dec 14, 2011 00:06 IST
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Affordable dental care will soon be available in your district. Delhi government has planned to open satellite dental health centres in all its districts for primary and interceptive treatments.

With Maulana Azad Institute of Dental Sciences (MAIDS) near Delhi Gate as the hub, these smaller centres will function as referral centres.

"The smaller dental care centres will not ease the congestion on the main hospital, which treats over three lakh patients every year, but will also take affordable oral healthcare to thousands of people," said Anshu Prakash, principal secretary (health), Delhi government.

In the first phase, two satellite centres will be set up in southwest and east Delhi districts.

"Land has been identified in Najafgarh in southwest district and we are looking for a good location in the east district. The project should be ready in six months," said Dr Mahesh Verma, director and principal, MAIDS.

"Delhi hospitals cater to 30-35% patient load from other states. Capacities need to be built up as our 40 hospitals are not enough to cater to the growing demand," said Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit at Dental Health Utsav 2011 at MAIDS.