In the second wave of Corona, Delhiites, who were suffering from a shortage of hospitals and beds, had to be treated as temporary hospitals but no improvement was seen in improving the 70-year-old hospital. The eight-floor Poornima Sethi Multi-Purpose Hospital at Kalkaji in South Delhi was overlooked by the Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Government. Even in such emergency times, only OPD is being run in this hospital and people are being vaccinated.
At present, Corona victims of the capital Delhi are wandering in search of a single bed to be admitted to the hospital. The temporary structure has been built by erecting tents in Ramlila Maidan and the vacant ground near GTB to protect it from suffering. But no one noticed Purnima Sethi Hospital. Dr. Samar Sarkar, the current Medical Superintendent of the hospital says that in view of Kovid, we had completed all the arrangements to expand from a 30-bed facility to a 50-bed, but due to non-receipt of NOC from the concerned agencies, it became a Kovid center. Has not been transformed. Dr. Samar also says that according to the guidelines of the health department of the government, a Kovid center can be built here on the ground floor and the first floor only, for which the work of installing oxygen pipes with permission from IGL is going on. It is possible that in view of the cases of Kovid, some changes can be brought to the patient here too.
What say responsible
Mayor Anamika of South Delhi said that the corporation has written to the Delhi government to convert the hospital as Kovid, but has not received permission yet. We are awaiting permission. The MLA of the area and AAP spokesperson Atishi were also contacted for the response but his representative expressed ignorance about revealing anything after receiving information over the phone.
The hospital started with 35 beds
Starting from 35 beds in the fifties, Colony Hospital was expanded to 100 beds on 27 April 2003. Then the foundation stone was laid by Subhash Chopra, Kalkaji MLA, and Assembly Speaker. It was started under the chairmanship of MP Vijay Kumar Malhotra, Municipal Corporation Mayor Ashok Kumar Jain, and Chairman of the Corporation’s Central Zone, Khavindra Singh Captain, but the hospital became a political reality as soon as the Congress came to power in the Corporation since 2007. In October 2015, OPD service was started for the people of South Delhi.
It was inaugurated by the then Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. With the start of OPD here, more than 10 lakh people were said to have benefited. Facilities like dengue, blood, urine test were also mentioned here. But due to the non-receipt of NOC from the Delhi fire, only the ground floor, and first floor were opened for OPD. Seeing the situation in Mali not improving, the Southern Corporation completed preparations to hand over the hospital to the Safdarjung Hospital of the Central Government in 2017. For this, Rs 417 crore was to be paid by the Ministry of Health to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi. Then the Central Government was taking it on lease for 90 years.
In total, the government would have spent Rs 509 crore on this hospital. The rests were salary and other expenses. Then it was also said to develop this center as a treatment center for children. But everything remained confined to the papers. To make it a medical college, the corporation had also hit its hands and feet but the attention was not given. Currently, the eight-storey building is being covered with 2400 square feet of Kovid vaccine.