Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Thursday announced the government’s decision to expand Ambedkar Nagar Hospital, that is currently under construction, from a 262-bed to a 600-bed hospital.
The government will incur an additional cost of Rs 45 crore to increase the hospital’s capacity by 338 beds.
The 262-bed hospital was commissioned in 2010 and is being constructed on a 2.47 acre plot at a cost of Rs 117 crore.
“Currently, the average cost of each bed is around Rs 45 lakh. When we reviewed the hospital, which has been designed by a private company, we found a lot of space was not utilised properly,” Jain said.
Jain also said as mentioned in the AAP manifesto, the government will work towards increasing hospital beds in Delhi from 10,600 to 40,000 in the coming years.
“Earlier, there was nobody to check the efficiency of hospitals. But from now on, we will keep a track of the efficiency of all the hospitals and will provide services that are better and cheaper than private hospitals,” Jain said.
He also said the government is planning to extend the medical services in the city by starting two delayed super-specialty projects — Rajiv Gandhi Super Specialty Hospital in East Delhi’s Tahirpur and Janakpuri Super Speciality Hospital in West Delhi.
Sources said the government will review and revive the projects in six months.
Pregnant woman dies of swine flu, death toll at 11
A 20-year-old pregnant woman, who was admitted for a Caesarean section at Swami Dayanand Hospital in Northeast Delhi, died of swine flu on Thursday taking the toll from the virus to 11. She is also the second pregnant woman to succumb to the virus this year.
Health department authorities said the woman had a foetal distress, making it necessary for her to undergo a Caesarean surgery. “She died of foetal distress and septicemia. It was found in diagnostic tests that she also had swine flu,” a senior official said.
Experts say pregnant women and children, besides those with diabetes and and cardiovascular problems, are more susceptible to the virus.