The Delhi government is setting up a plush state-of-the-art polyclinic at the Commonwealth Games site. It will be open to all participants during the 2010 games and to the public after these conclude.
The clinic will have modern facilities, including five well-equipped ambulances to take patients who need specialty treatment to three identified hospitals—All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Ram Manohar Lohia and GB Pant.
“We have identified only government hospitals so far, as the infrastructure available here is sufficient, but we haven't closed our options to private hospitals either," said Kiran Walia, Delhi’s minister for health and family welfare.
In its bid to meet the demands of the Games taking place next year, the state government is on its way to provide world-class infrastructure in the health sector, which in the long-run will benefit India, especially Delhi, she said.
“This project isn't going to be just Commonwealth centric. We are working in a manner wherein facilities we create for the games will be made available to masses for later use as well,” said Walia.
The budget for the health infrastructure is running into crores, and still expanding. "It's a dynamic budget as various mechanisms will be put in place, like anti-dope mechanism. That's why we can't tell you the exact amount," she said.