Dismayed over “crowded and unhygienic” conditions at Kalawati Saran Hospital, which is the primary tertiary medical centre for children from Delhi and neighbouring States, Union Women & Child Welfare Minister Krishna Tirath has said that she will take up the “abysmal situation” of this health care centre with the Union Health Ministry.

The Minister, who visited the hospital on Wednesday, has also set up a committee consisting of two persons from the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) who will monitor the implementation of the recommendations by the WCD Ministry.

Ms. Tirath said: “We have recommended that the hospital try and improve the cleanliness of the Centre, provide more space/beds for patients and look at the possibility of building a short stay accommodation for the parents of the children undergoing treatment at the hospital.’’

“We have asked the hospital to look at vertical expansion by adding two floors to the existing building. Also 200 additional beds may be made available to the medical centre after completion of Phase I in December 2013 of the upgradation of the hospital,’’ added the Minister.

She said she will be taking up the matter with the Union Health Ministry “to ensure that the hospital is given additional space to cater to the large number of patients who are depended on the centre and to ensure that there is no staff shortage”.

Previously NCPCR had also written to the Union Health Ministry asking them for immediate intervention to remedy the state of affairs.

In its letter, NCPCR had noted that the hospital had a drastic shortage of staff at all levels other than the medical staff which is just adequate.