New Delhi: The Aam Aadmi Party-led Delhi government will add nearly 14,000 beds in public hospitals in the city by 2023, according to a status report on public health infrastructure expansion, submitted to chief minister Arvind Kejriwal by the state health department. The report said the government will also launch 400 mohalla clinics by December this year.
With less than six months left for assembly elections in Delhi, the AAP government is looking to make good on their promises. AAP will face fight it out with the Congress party and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the upcoming polls that swept all the seven seats in Delhi.
“The expansion of public health infrastructure in Delhi is unprecedented. It is the largest program for improving access to healthcare anywhere in the world. The total increase in capacity that is currently underway in terms of bed capacity is more than 122%. But this is not just about the number of beds, but also about the quality of facilities provided," Kejriwal said.
The status report said that in addition to the existing capacity of 11,353 beds in 38 Delhi government hospitals, another 13,899 beds will be added. Three hospitals, with a capacity of approximately 2,800 beds are set to open in the next six months. By 2023, the government expects all projects to be complete and all new hospitals and new blocks to be ready for operations.
The health department’s report also added that 200 Mohalla Clinics are ready for an October launch, and another 200 will be ready to start operations by December. The report said that over 1.6 crore OPD visits and 15.3 lakh tests have been conducted in these clinics free of cost since July 2015.