*Kejriwal government is consistently strengthening healthcare services, CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates new OPD block at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital
*Previously, around 1000 patients were coming to AAAG Hospital daily, now this number could increase 2-3 times - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*On one hand, we have improved the quality of government hospitals and on the other, made all healthcare facilities free - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*Earlier, government hospitals had 10000 beds, we are adding 16000 beds more, 11 new hospitals and new blocks in existing hospitals - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*After new hospitals and blocks are ready, healthcare services in Delhi will meet international standards - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*If we envision 'Ram Rajya,' education and healthcare services should be good and free for everyone - CM Arvind Kejriwal
*We may not reach the ideal of 'Ram Rajya,' but our government is striving in that direction - CM Arvind Kejriwal
NEW DELHI: 23rd September 2023-The Kejriwal government is tirelessly working to align Delhi's health system with international standards and the WHO's parameters. The Delhi Government is consistently strengthening healthcare services. In this effort, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated a new OPD block at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital in Civil Lines on Saturday. He stated that our government has not only improved the quality of government hospitals but also made all healthcare services free.
Shri Arvind Kejriwal emphasized that if we envision 'Ram Rajya,' education and healthcare services should be good and free for everyone. He stated that while reaching the ideal of 'Ram Rajya' may be challenging, his government is making efforts in that direction. Health Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj and local MLA Parlad Singh Sawhney were also present at this event.
The Delhi government has spent approximately Rs.22.8 crores to construct this 3-storey new OPD block at Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, apart from the ground floor. The block houses 25 consultation rooms, two elevators, and two staircases. It took nearly a year to complete this construction.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal stated, "I'm delighted that a new block has been constructed. The older block lacked the required space and other facilities. I visited the new block and noticed that the new block is spacious, centrally Air-Conditioned with availability of rooms for the specialists. I interacted with a few patients and asked them about their well-being and they told me they traveled a long distance for better medical facilities. Earlier, doctors and patients had to face hardships in the OPD(Outpatient Department) for treatment due to the lack of space in the older block. Now, I believe that the construction of the new block will amount to an increase in footfalls. I came to know that the daily OPD of the hospital is 800-1000, which is not very significant. With the construction of a new block, I am optimistic that the daily footfalls of the OPD should increase by 2-3 times."
The Chief Minister continued, "Education and health care is our main area of focus in Delhi. Concerning health care facilities a major expansion is underway in Delhi. Until now, there used to be 10,000 beds in the government hospitals including all the Delhi Government's hospitals. Now, 11 new hospitals are being constructed and the existing hospitals are getting revamped. This will lead to the availability of an additional 16,000 new beds in the Delhi Government's hospitals. Including private, Central Government, and Delhi Government's hospitals, we will cross the WHO's norms and meet the international standards of the health care system in Delhi."
"From the start, we firmly believed that a good government should always provide free education and healthcare facilities to every citizen. On one hand, we tried to improve the conditions of government hospitals, installed many Mohalla Clinics, and Poly Clinics, new hospitals are being built, and older hospitals are getting revamped. On the other side, we have managed to provide all the health care facilities for free. All the medicines, tests, treatments, and operations are free in government hospitals. Earlier, these facilities were free on paper only, people couldn't really avail of them. Medicines were always out of stock and machines were defunct, but now it's not the case." CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal added.
CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal further stated, Before joining politics, I used to work in the slums of Sunder Nagri and Nand Nagri which forced me to go to the GTB Hospital often. There used to be many medical shops and X-ray labs right in front of the GTB Hospital because the doctors used to prescribe the medicines and they weren't available in the hospital and people were forced to get them from chemist shops. All these chemist shops have been closed because everything is available for free within the hospital itself whether medicines, X-rays, and other facilities. I am extremely pleased that the discussion about the healthcare system is taking place around the length and width of the country. Wherever I go it's being discussed for good. With the new 16,000 beds, Delhi will have sufficient health infrastructure. We need to look into management to make it more efficient. So that all the available machines, doctors, and facilities could be utilized at the optimum levels. Delhi is the capital of the country, people come here from all parts of the country. It's a good thing, we welcome them with open hearts but we need to make our system more efficient.
In conclusion, CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal pondered over the conceptualization of the 'Ramrajya' in modern times. He added "Festivals like Dussehra and Diwali are not very far in which we worship Lord Ram. 'Ramrajya' is always being discussed. I don't say that we can get close to the 'Ramrajya' but if we were to hypothesize then the Ramrajya would certainly incorporate quality education and healthcare systems for free to everyone. Whether rich or poor, everyone should get quality education and healthcare facilities of the same standards. Our government is working towards it, and the construction of this new block is one step closer to the target. I want to congratulate the PWD and all the doctors of AAAGH and now they will get a favorable environment for their work."
*New OPD Block of Aruna Asaf Ali Govt. Hospital:*
Consists of Ground + 3 floors
25 consultation room
Equipped with two lifts and 02 staircases each 2 meters wide
Expenditure cost 22.8 crore
Time taken: 360 days
*Greenfield projects – 10000 beds*
No. of Hospitals = 11 hospitals
Siraspur (1164 beds)
Jwalapuri (691 beds)
Madipur (691 beds)
Hastsal (691 beds)
Shalimar Bagh (1430 beds)
Sultanpuri (525 beds)
Chacha Nehru Bal Chikitsalaya Annexe (610 beds)
GTB Hospital Annexe (1912 beds)
Sarita Vihar (336 beds)
Guru Gobind Singh Hospital Annexe (1565 beds)
Kirari (485 beds)- Work to be initiated
*Brownfield Projects – 6505 beds*
No. of Hospitals = 10 hospitals
New Block Lok Nayak Hospital (1570 beds)
Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital, Narela (773 beds)
Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Rohini (1063 beds)
Guru Gobind Singh Govt. Hospital (572 beds)
Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital (460 beds)
Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital, Mangolpuri (672 beds)
Acharya Shree Bhikshu Govt. Hospital, Moti Nagar (370 beds)
Rao Tula Ram Mem. Hospital, Jaffarpur, Najafgarh (370 beds)
Dada Dev Maternity and Child Hospital, Dabri (281 beds)
Casualty Block, Lok Nayak Hospital (384 beds)
*Mohalla Clinics*
537 AAMCs are functional out of which 05 are Mahila Mohalla Clinics.
*About Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital*
Aruna Asaf Ali Government Hospital is a 100 bedded multispecialty hospital providing the following round-the-clock services:
Accident & Emergency services (catering to 275 patients per day)
Labour Room
ICU (9 bedded ICU with 5 ventilators)
Blood Storage &
Lab facilities.
The hospital has an OPD footfall of around 1000 patients per day and it provides the following outdoor treatment services:
General Medicine
General Surgery
Gynaecology & Obstetrics and Family Planning
Admission: 650 patients per month
45 Major surgeries and 38 emergency surgeries per month