Delhi govt mulling semi-permanent hospitals

Delhi government is considering a quick-fix solution to cater to growing demand for medical facilities through `semi-permanent` hospitals which can be set up within days at a given location.

Updated: Nov 08, 2010, 20:06 PM IST

New Delhi: Taking cue from countries like
Japan which are prone to natural calamities, Delhi government
is considering a quick-fix solution to cater to growing demand
for medical facilities through `semi-permanent` hospitals
which can be set up within days at a given location.

Semi-permanent hospitals are a common phenomenon in
countries which are affected by natural disasters and can be
of immense use in any other emergency situation.

They are easily built as they do not need a
foundation, do not require huge expenditure and can be
extended or modified as the need arises and are fully
relocatable with high resale value.

These semi-permanent structures will have all
facilities like any other hospital in the city including ICU,
OPD, delivery room, X-ray unit, doctors office, emergency
unit, wards among others.

Sources said that the proposal is being considered due
to poor patient-hospital bed ratio in the city.

Due to the rise in reported ailments and huge inflow
of patients from neighbouring states, bed density has gone
down and constructing a new hospital is both a time consuming
and expensive process, they said.

PTI