Residents term City Govt move to open 100-bed hospital in Sarita Vihar, not in Jamia Nagar step-motherly treatment
OT, October 10, 2012 03:44 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Okhla
Since the Delhi government announced the opening of 100-bed government hospital in Sarita Vihar a few days ago, many residents have been complaining of step-motherly treatment.
What has come as a surprise for many residents is that rather than opening a government hospital in the deprived area of Jamia Nagar, the Sheila Dikshit Congress government has decided to open one far away from the locality that too in a posh area, allege some residents.
Youth leader Amanatullah Khan said we are not against opening of the hospital in Sarita Vihar but this area need a government dispensary the most.
“Jamia Nagar has a huge population and there is only one government hospital in Batla House. Its condition too is not good. Poor residents needed a hospital in this locality. It would be difficult for them to travel far away to Sarita Vihar for treatment.
“The excuse by officials that there is no space here in the locality for a hospital is not just. There are many open spaces that could be utilized. We will continue our pressure on the City government to open one government hospital in this locality soon,” he said.
RLD Delhi Pradesh general secretary Javed Iqbal Khan said this is nothing but step-motherly treatment of the government towards the residents.
“There are only a few hospitals in the locality, including Holy Family and a one in Friends’ Colony and residents find it difficult to get cheap treatment. Hospitals like Fortis and Apollo are beyond the reach of poor people. So the government should think on its decision and open one hospital in the locality,” he said.
Since the functioning of a new 300-bed super-specialty hospital Al Shifa in Abul Fazal Enclave, residents have heaved a sigh of relief. Run without any government backing, the hospital has been doing good service to the residents. Some dispensaries too have opened of late. But still opening of a government hospital is an urgent need.
Will the Congress government oblige the residents? With the assembly elections a few months ago chances are high that government could budge. But all depend on how much pressure local leaders and residents can mount on the City government.
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