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Jaitley inaugurates multi-specialty hospital OPD

Keeping in view the outbreak of dengue and <g data-gr-id="19">swine-flu</g> in Delhi, the Out-Patient Department of an under-construction multi-specialty hospital here was on Sunday thrown open to the public by Union Minister Arun Jaitley.

Spread over 8,540 <g data-gr-id="23">sqm</g>, the eight-storey hospital in Kalakaji area in South Delhi is coming up at a cost of over Rs 52 crore, and will be a 100-bedded facility. “I am happy to know that the OPD facilities for this renovated hospital will now be available to people of Delhi.

And, as has been proposed, it will be made into a 100-bedded hospital,” Jaitley said at the inauguration function held at its premises.

Built originally in <g data-gr-id="24">late 1950s</g> as a single-storey building with 30 beds and named ‘Colony Hospital’, the renovation work began in 2007, but due to environmental and other clearance issues, the work on it got stalled, a senior South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) official said.

“Since, the city is battling dengue and now swine-flu cases too have <g data-gr-id="22">stared</g> coming up, this OPD facility will come as a relief for people. The rest work on the hospital will continue,” BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri said. “We had to fight with the previous Delhi government to get funds for this project, and now again we need more funds to complete the work, and we will seek those funds from this AAP government,” the South Delhi MP claimed. The earthquake-resistant building has been built following green norms and also has two basements. Presently only two storeys have been built.

Once completed, the hospital would provide affordable, effective and quality secondary as well as tertiary healthcare facilities, the SDMC official said. 
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