The Union Minister of Labour & Employment Minister, Shri Malliarjun Kharge inaugurated the ESIC Model Dispensary at Okhla Industrial Area in New Delhi today. The Minister of State for Labour & Employment, Shri Harish Rawat and Smt. Kiran Walia, Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Government of NCT of Delhi were present on the occasion.
This is the first fully air-conditioned ESIC Dispensary in India with the state of the art equipment and a modern diagnostic centre, with separate Ayurveda and Homeopathy options available to the ESI beneficiaries. The Model Dispensary is expected to provide good quality health care services to the large workforce in and around Okhla Industrial Area.
Speaking on the occasion, Shri Mallikarjun Kharge announced that the capacity of major hospitals in Delhi region would be expanded in a phased manner. In this context he informed that a decision has been taken to increase the number of beds in Basai Darapur Hospital from 600 beds to 1000 beds, in Okhla from 150 beds to 250 beds and in Rohini from 151 beds to 270 beds. Besides this, he said, Beds for the ESI beneficiaries are being reserved in different hospitals of the Capital. He said that there is an extensive network of 32 fulltime ESI dispensaries in the Capital. This Network also includes one Mobile dispensary, two Diagnostic Centres, 10 Ayurvedic wings and 23 Yoga facilities, the Minister informed.
Speaking on the occasion Shri Harish Rawat said that in the recent past, the ESI Corporation has started the process of upgrading of ESIC Hospitals for providing better medical services to the beneficiaries. The steps for upgradation include the setting up and starting of Medical Colleges, Nursing Colleges, Dental Colleges and other para-medical schools in ESI Hospitals. Shri Rawat said that in the first phase, it is proposed to set up about a dozen Medical Colleges and Post Graduate Medical Sciences and Research Institutes in the existing ESI Hospitals by ESIC.
The Employees State Insurance Corporation runs a unique social security scheme which has the feature of an insurance organization as well as service provider for health related needs of the insured persons under the scheme. The Corporation has the largest team of medical and para-medical personnel in India and also has one of the largest medical infrastructures in the world. It has huge infrastructure of 144 Hospitals, 42 Hospitals Annexes, 1397 ESI Dispensaries, 1753 Panel Clinics, 795 Branch/Pay Offices and 51 Regional/Sub-Regional/Divisional Offices.