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CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates open heart surgery facility at Rajiv Gandhi Hospital

CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates new facilities at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital on Thursday.

CM Arvind Kejriwal inaugurates new facilities at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital on Thursday.  

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Additional services include 16-bed ICU, OT complex, bariatric and metabolic surgery

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday inaugurated a facility for open heart surgery in addition to other services at Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in east Delhi here.

According to a Delhi government statement, the other facilities now on offer at the hospital include a 16-bed ICU, an OT complex, hepatobiliary, bariatric and metabolic surgery centres and gastroenterology department.

“I am happy that so many facilities are coming up in Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital. I want to congratulate all the people who have supported us in initiating these facilities for the people of Delhi,” Mr. Kejriwal said.

“Back in 2010, GTB Hospital was the only hospital with adequate infrastructure and healthcare facilities for the poor. The hospitals back then were crowded...Delhi has witnessed an expansion in health services and many new facilities have been increased at each level,” he added.

As many as 300 mohalla clinics had been constructed in Delhi, expanding primary healthcare facilities here, he said.

The construction of polyclinics in large numbers had also expanded healthcare facilities on the secondary level, he added. On the tertiary level, several multi-specialty and super-specialty hospitals had been constructed to provide adequate healthcare facilities. “Facilities and infrastructure inside the hospitals are increasing rapidly,” he said. “Rajiv Gandhi is a state-of-the-art hospital at par with private hospitals. No government could have thought that government hospitals could have facilities equal to that of a private hospital. The doctors here are also efficient. Many doctors can get better money in private hospitals but they are serving in a service-free government hospital,” he said.

“As our services have improved, people are shifting from private to government hospitals for the treatment...Five years ago, there were there crore OPDs in total in all the government hospitals, which has now gone up to six crore,” the Chief Minister said.

Pulling up some private entity hospitals, he said many of them treat healthcare as a means to do business.

‘Extract money’

At private hospitals, there are several “unnecessary treatments” recommended to the patients to “extract money” but this is not the case at government hospitals, he said.

“The challenge of a strong inflow of patients from private hospitals will increase but we are ready to accept it. We will do the required investment to make government hospitals adequate. India can only prosper when people are educated and healthy,” he added.

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