MCD prescribes Rs 2,000-cr medicity for North Delhi

A Trauma centre, three colleges and a 1,000-bed super-specialty hospital are part of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) plans to upgrade Rajan Babu Tuberculosis (RBTB) Hospital in Kingsway Camp (North Delhi) into a Medicity.

The cost? Rs 2,000 crore.

Spread across 78 acres, the RBTB Medicity is being planned on a public-private partnership basis. "We are planning a medicity in the area to look after trauma victims and patients requiring critical care," MCD Health committee chairperson Dr Sanjeev Rai said. "This is a huge project and it will take some time but we are hoping once it is up and running, the medicity will be a one-stop shop for all medical needs for people in the area."

A consultant has already been hired to evaluate the project's feasibility, he added.

According to the proposal — it has been cleared by the MCD Standing Committee — the colleges will be run by private players while the trauma centre, the TB hospital and the super-specialty hospital will be under government control.

The TB hospital will also be converted into an Infectious Diseases and Pulmonary Medicine Hospital, Medical Superintendent of RBTB Hospital Dr J N Banvalikar said. PG courses in infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine will start within a year and MBBS courses will begin once the entire project is complete, he said.

"Postgraduate students will be taught at Hindu Rao Hospital and RBTB Hospital," Dr Banvalikar said. "We will merge the two courses so that students can learn from both hospitals — we are waiting for the consultants to submit their report on the project."

The colleges — for nursing, hospital administration and paramedical staff — will be recognised by Indraprastha University, it was informed.

The RBTB Hospital at Kingsway Camp is currently the only MCD-run tertiary care hospital catering exclusively to pulmonary medical care and TB patients. After the facelift, the 1,155-bed hospital will be upgraded to look after infectious diseases other than TB.

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