3 Mar 2014

Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad lays Foundation Stone of Super-Specialty and Emergency Blocks of Safdarjang Hospital as part of its Redevelopment project

The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad
The Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad laid the foundation stone of Super-Specialty and Emergency blocks of Safdarjang Hospital, here today.

The infrastructure upgradation of Safdarjang Hospital is planned with addition of 807 bedded Super-Specialty and 500-bed Emergency block with ICU beds to contribute towards augmentation of the medical, teaching and research services provided by Safdarjang hospital and allied medical college.

The Emergency block will have a proposed area for construction of 41450 sq m. with ground coverage of 3904 sq m. The construction cost proposed is Rs. 196.73 crores. Whereas the Super specialty block will have proposed area for construction of 111905 sq m. with ground coverage of 9104 sq m.

 The proposed cost is Rs. 444.70 crore. Both the projects are expected to be completed within the time period of one year. The Super specialty block will have various departments like neuro surgery, nephrology, urology, radiology, renal transplant vascular surgery, cardiothoracic, etc.

Speaking at the occasion Shri Azad said that this redevelopment project aims to provide high quality state-of-the-art tertiary medical services to patients coming from all over the country. He said that Government has created a huge infrastructure in the country in a decade. Six new AIIMS and 19 Super Specialty Medical Colleges have been established in the country.

 71 new Cancer Institutes including 50 tertiary Cancer institutes have been approved by the Cabinet last year. In Delhi itself, huge capacity expansion is going on with new Surgery, Mother & Child, OPD, Teaching and Hostel Blocks at the main campus at AIIMS; 300 bed state of art emergency centre at RML Hospital; and 1,100 beds and new OPD, IPD, Emergency and Hostel Blocks at Lady Hardinge Hospital, added the Health Minister.

The Health Minister emphasised that India creates human resource for the whole country. There are around 80,000 Indian doctors in USA and 75,000 in UK. But there is acute shortage of doctors and nurses in India. He stated that the Government has changed the MCI and Nursing Council rules to increase the human resource within the country. MBBS seats were increased by 55% and PG seats by 75%. 

In fact, doctors from USA, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand have been allowed by Indian Government to come and be faculty members in the country, Sh Azad said. He added that to enhance the human resources, the faculty members’ age limit has been increased from 58 to 70 years; the land requirement in setting up a medical college has been decreased so that human resource could be increased in the country.

 Subsequently teacher student ratio has increased in the country, the Minister noted. Shri Azad said that the Government has made new interventions in maternal and child health so that IMR and MMR targets according to MDGs for 2015 can be achieved. In the coming years the country is fully prepared to meet the challenges.

Shri Ajay Maken, the MP representing Delhi in Lok Sabha said that all the four premiere health institutes i.e. AIIMS, RML, Lady Hardinge and Safdarjung have shown tremendous development. During the time of Commonwealth Games in the country one of the best Sports Injury Centre was set up at the Safdarjung Hospital, he noted.

Shri Lov Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that Safdarjung Hospital provides standard services free of cost to the people. It serves 23 lakh patients in the OPD annually, and caters to 25 lakh laboratory procedures and to average daily emergency traffic of 800 patients. 

There are around average daily 74 deliveries in the hospital. He said that new Emergency and Super specialty blocks will be people centric with an improved coordination to provide the best medical facilities to the people.

Present at the occasion were Dr. Jagdish Prasad, DGHS, Dr. B D Athani, Special DG and Medical Superintendent, senior officers from the ministry, faculty members, doctors, staff and students of Safdarjung Hospital. 

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