The Capital will have at least eight new government hospitals this year.
This apart, Delhi government has allocated funds towards building a 500-bed ward block at Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital in Shahdara, a referral block at G.B Pant Hospital and an orthopedic block at Lok Nayak Hospital, both of which are near India Gate.
And if all goes as planned, Delhi government also plans to add a new cardiology block at Lok Nayak Hospital.
These special allocations are part of Delhi’s Budget, presented on Monday.
Delhi Health Minister Kiran Walia sounded pleased with the budget despite the allocation for health witnessing a drop of Rs 93 crore (from Rs 1,112 crore in 2008-09 to Rs 1019 crore this year).
“I am sure we will be able to achieve all our targets in the stipulated budget and in the given time,” she said.
The Delhi government also plans to have 150 ambulances by July with nine equipped for advanced life support. Two wheelers — 20 of them — would be introduced to work as first responders in traffic.
“We are hopeful that at least eight hospitals will get quality accreditation,” said Walia.
Delhi government also plans to provide financial assistance of Rs 1,000 to 2.5 lakh senior citizens, 21,000 widows, and 3,500 unemployed disabled people.