NEW DELHI: The ground and first floors of a 100-bedded hospital in Tilak Nagar were inaugurated by Union health minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday. The development of the facility has been delayed due to paucity of funds. The tertiary healthcare facility, which will have five floors, has provisions of operation theaters, ICU, wards and accommodation for doctors and nurses.
The hospital is expected to cater to a population of 5 lakh in Tilak Nagar and surrounding areas. The project missed several deadlines after construction started in 2015. It was initially expected to be inaugurated in 2017. Vardhan said that health is one of the top agendas of the central government and implementation of Ayushman Bharat reflects its commitment to transform the country and give quality health services to citizens.
Lieutenant governor Anil Baijal said that South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) was striving hard to provide better civic services despite facing financial constraints. “This hospital will provide free treatment, diagnostics and medicines. Citizens need basic health services near their localities, so all corporations should establish more primary health centres in areas under their jurisdiction,” he added.
SDMC commissioner Gyanesh Bharti said the five-storey structure is spread over 19,157 square metres and Rs 64.5 crore have been spent on its construction till now. “The hospital has facilities such as OPD services, gynecology, dental, paediatrics, diagnostic services, Ayurvedic, Unani, homeopathy, operation theaters, ICU, emergency ward, trauma care and a pharmacy. A parking lot with space for 262 vehicles is available in the basement. A hostel for accommodation of doctors and nurses is also being developed,” he added.
A senior corporation official said, “The OPD and diagnostic centre will be on the ground floor, while gynaecology, surgery, dental and administration will be on the first floor. Wards, rooms of doctors and Ayurvedic centre are being built on the second and third floors, while the fourth and fifth floors have been allocated for OT, ICU and pharmacy.” MP Pravesh Verma said there are only two large hospitals in west Delhi and this 100-bedded facility would reduce the pressure on them. In November last year, BJP and AAP had sparred over the civic body’s decision to build a multi-specialty hospital in Tilak Nagar as the existing Purnima Sethi Hospital in Kalkaji is lying defunct due to shortage of funds.-Times Of India