statesman news service
New Delhi, 2 July
NEW DELHI, 2 JULY: The Delhi government is giving priority to the expansion of health services in far-flung areas of rural Delhi in order to provide the best healthcare facilities.                     
Chief minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit while laying foundation stone for construction of a new block at Maharishi Valmiki hospital in outer Delhi said the Health Department is constructing a number of hospitals in rural Delhi apart from upgrading the existing ones. The hospital at Pooth Khurd is one of those hospitals which is being upgraded as per a meticulously chalked out action plan.
"The new block would have seven floors and a basement and would be completed within 30 months at the cost of Rs 52 crore. The government has increased the number of CATS Ambulances from 101 to 151.  The service is totally free and helping the serious patients up to the nearest hospitals within a shortest possible time. The ambulances are reaching within 10 minutes after making a call," said Mrs Dikshit.
Speaking at the occasion, Delhi health minister, Dr A K Walia said Maharishi Valmiki Hospital is one of those hospitals which has minimum number of vacant posts. Most of its services like OPD, ICU, casualty, physiotherapy and homeopathy are functioning from air-conditioned rooms. The hospital which has 150 beds would become 250-bedded hospital after completion of the new block.  The hospital situated at rural Delhi is already a green hospital.