Delhi to have 500 well-equipped dispensaries: Dikshit

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New Delhi, May 7 (UNI) Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said 500 dispensaries with well-equipped and modern diagnostic facilities will soon be functional in the capital to provide better health care services at the peoples' doorstep.

''The Government is taking all necessary steps to provide better health facilities. 378 dispensaries are already functioning in the Capital and 100-125 dispensaries would be set up very soon to enable the common man get health facilities,'' she said after inaugurating a dispensary, which has been built at the cost of Rs 136 crore, at Chandni Chowk.

Ms Dikshit said that Delhi Government is keen to transform Commonwealth Games-2010 into ''Green Games'', which would ensure pollution-free Delhi and better atmosphere for the event.

''The Government has already constructed 36 new hospitals in various parts of the Capital for providing better health services to people,'' she added.

The Chief Minister said work for setting up of seven new hospitals at Koki Wala Bagh, Burari, Hastsal, Sarita Vihar, Baprola, Keshav Puram and Molar Bund is in progress.

''This would help in strengthening and expansion of multi-disciplinary hospitals to make secondary and tertiary healthcare accessible to common man,'' she added.

Health Minister Dr Yoganand Shastri, who also attended the event, said Delhi has achieved all-round progress in the field of healthcare.

''The existing dispensaries in Delhi would be strengthened and their number would be doubled in the near future,'' he added.

''The Delhi Government is providing top priority to health services for the poor and needy persons. An action plan for upgrade of the existing dispensaries has been chalked out,'' he said.

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