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To boost healthcare facilities, Delhi govt hospitals to be upgraded

NEW DELHI: As many as 15 city government-run hospitals are to be upgraded with improved civil and medicare infrastructure and increase in bed strength, to boost healthcare facilities in the national capital, officials said Sunday. The project also includes Lok Nayak Jayaprakash (LNJP) Hospital, where a "state-of-the-art" block will be constructed, they said.

"We are seeking to boost healthcare facilities in the national capital. And, as part of a project, 15 Delhi government hospitals are to be upgraded. This will include remodelling of various buildings, increasing bed strength, augmenting medical care infrastructure, among other measures," a top official in the Delhi health department said. Once upgraded, the improved infrastructure at these facilities, besides other upcoming hospitals, would help address growing needs of patients, officials said.

During the recent strike by doctors, many medical bodies sought increase in doctor-patient ratio and appealed to the Centre and various governments to augment medical infrastructure in hospitals across the country. The 15 facilities chosen under the upgrade project, include LNJP Hospital, LBS Hospital and Bhagwan Mahaveer Hospital.

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