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Two govt hospitals, new Mohalla Clinics in Delhi likely before Diwali

NEW DELHI: Before 2020 Delhi is likely to get two new government hospitals one is in Burari and another in Dwarka, sources in the Delhi government said. The sources also said that Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal also asked the departments to finish the target of making new Mohalla Clinics in a priority.

"After completion of these hospitals, the total number of beds will increase by 1518. Work of another hospital in Ambedkar Nagar is also going on which will have 600 beds," said an official.

The official added that by end of this year around 177 new Mohalla Clinics will also be constructed.

This proposal for an enhanced hospital project was incorporated in the Delhi budget of 2015-16. Sources said that the hospital in Burari will offer diversified and specialised treatment to Delhiites.

According to a senior health official, the residents of north and northwest Delhi did not have a super speciality hospital in the region and they were forced to travel to Safdarjung Hospital or AIIMS for necessary treatment.

Now, with this hospital, patients from the area, as well as those from other parts of the city, would avail good treatment.

The hospital which is being constructed at the Dwarka sector-9 will have nearly 750 bed and also an adjacent medical college. In its manifesto for 2015 assembly elections, the AAP had promised to increase the total bed strength in Delhi to 40,000, and after taking office the health minister had said that the bed strength would be doubled in the first two years.

Apart from the three hospitals, the government will also remodel 11 of its biggest hospitals to add 10,000 beds.

The officials also said that the government has arranged lands for 177 Mohalla Clinic. The AAP government had targeted 1,000 neighbourhood clinics by 2017-18, but only 164 were set up. The target was revised to 530 such clinics in 2018-19, and currently 189 are functional. The additional 300 clinics will take the total to 489 by March 2019.

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