Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Geriatric OPD at Safdarjung Hospital

Harsh Vardhan inaugurates Geriatric OPD at Safdarjung Hospital

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New Delhi, Jul 27: Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Dr Harsh Vardhan inaugurated a host of facilities including Geriatric Sunday OPD, 3T MRI Facility, Biplane Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and ESWL Lab at Safdarjung Hospital, here on Saturday.

'Under our inspirational Prime Minister Narendra Modi, health has been positioned as one of the top agenda of the Government and today’s development reflects that the Prime Minister is committed to fundamentally transforming the country and give quality health services to the people,' Dr Vardhan said. “Under the leadership of our Prime Minister we are aggressively moving towards setting up state-of-the-art health facilities with the best equipment, techniques and buildings. These are comparable to the very best in the country and the world,” he said.

Interacting with the staff, para-medics and doctors at the Emergency Block, Dr Vardhan stated that the aim of everyone in the hospital should be to see that no patient is turned back or referred to any other emergency facility. 'Let us aspire to build our capacities and strengths such that we are able to attend to each emergency patient that needs our care,' he stated. He took a round of various wards, labs, OTs, Cath Labs, geriatric and pediatric ICUs, and interacted with the patients and their caregivers.

The minister also visited the Pradhan Mantri Bhartiya Janaushadhi Kendra within the premises. He was told that medicines which cost as much as Rs 500-600 in the market are sold at very economical rates of as low as Rs 105 at the Kendra.

Further, super specialty blocks along with MCH wings are being set up in many district hospital and medical college across the country. Apart from the already planned 82, additional 75 district hospitals are being upgraded to medical colleges all over the country by 2022.

The Union Health Minister further stated that the budget for the Health Ministry showed an appreciable increase of more than 19 per cent in the total outlay in the General Budget this year. This reflects the importance accorded to the health sector in the country, he added.(UNI)