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Kejriwal lays foundation stone for new building of RTR Hospital

Kejriwal lays foundation stone for new building of RTR Hospital

New Delhi, Dec 9 (UNI) Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday laid foundation stone for new building of Rao Tula Ram (RTR) Hospital in Jaffarpur Kalan, Najafgarh.

Minister of Health Satyendar Jain, Kailash Gahlot, Minister of Law and Transport were also present on the occasion. The estimate of the project is Rs 65 crore and 270 beds to be added.

'In the last five years, development reached every nook and corner of Delhi at an unprecedented speed,' Mr Kejriwal said.

'I feel good to be amongst you. There are many reasons for it. First, we are assembled here to observe the birth anniversary of Rao Tula Ram, who was a great leader and fighter who bravely battled the First War of Independence in 1857 against the British. This hospital was constructed in the memory of that great soul. Also, we are gathered here to lay the foundation stone for the new building of the Rao Tula Ram (RTR) Hospital at this border area of Delhi. Haryana is just four kilometers away from here. It means that development works by the Delhi government has reached every nook and corner of Delhi,' the CM said.

'We are building a 270-bed hospital here. We have also set up Mohalla Clinics in 20 villages nearby. No government in Delhi had ever thought of it. Today, I got a written representation to start buses for route no. 821 and I assure you that it will be done within a week,' the Chief Minister said.

'The union government started to build a 100-bed hospital in this area with Rs. 100 crores budget, before many years. The foundation stone was laid by Sahib Singh Verma, former Chief Minister of Delhi 20 years ago. But, it has not yet been completed, though inaugurated many times just before the elections. Here we are building a 270-bed hospital, that too with a budget of Rs 65 crore. In the central government project, one bed costs Rs one crore, but in our project, it costs Rs 25 lakhs. We'll make a better hospital with better facilities, but with a lower budget. It will be completely air-conditioned and matching with the top private hospitals in Delhi,' said the CM.

While addressing the gathering, Mr Jain said,'On this auspicious day of the birth anniversary of Rao Tula Ram, we start the works to upgrade the capacity of the hospital named after him to 270 beds from 100 beds. I promise you that the construction of our 270-bed new block will be completed within 14 months. The new building will have air-conditioned rooms, required infrastructural facilities, and world-class healthcare facilities. The construction of this building block will facilitate the treatment of emergency cases and the patients will not be referred to other private hospitals for treatment. Construction of another Delhi government hospital with 1250 beds is starting in Dwarka.'

'We aim to establish a strong healthcare system for the citizens of Delhi. The pace of developing the health infrastructure during our government is 1.5 times faster than the previous governments. The construction of hospitals of 15000 beds in total at different stages is going on. Delhi government has taken historical welfare initiatives in the last five years, which have been recognized all over the world. Only 265 dispensaries have been constructed by the previous governments in the last 70 years, now 334 Mohalla clinics have been constructed in Delhi, with the Chief Minister inaugurating 100 more clinics this month. No other government in the entire world has constructed as many Primary Healthcare Centers as Kejriwal government is doing in Delhi,' Mr Jain said.

'The first transport authority will soon be inaugurated after 10 years. There will be a shortage of doctors in the formative stages of the hospital, and I would like to request the cabinet to take cognizance of this fact. I have been going through some data on the inflow of patients in OPD and IPD, and there is a significant improvement today as compared to the situation in 2015. We inaugurated the new pharmacy building here in 2018 and a new maternity ward in addition to that. The new hospital will have all the required facilities like the ICU ward, and blood bank facilities. I want to thank the Chief Minister and the Health Minister for the construction of the hospital in Najafgarh,' Mr Gahlot added.

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