10 ESIC dispensaries in state to be upgraded to 6-bed hospitals

Dattatreya inaugurates new regional office building, lays foundation for upgradation of 2 hospitals
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EOI CORRESPONDENT
Kolkata
13 Jul 2017

Responding to the West Bengal's request, the Union labour ministry has decided to upgrade 10 Employees State Insurance Corporation (ESIC) dispensaries to 6-bed hospitals, minister Bandaru Dattatreya announced today. The minister today inaugurated the new building of ESIC regional office at Salt lake Sector 3 and also laid the foundation stone for upgradation of ESI Hospitals at Baltikuri and Durgapur.
The ESI dispensaries that are to be upgraded in state are at Kolaghat, nandigram, Tamluk, Potashpur, Ramnagar, Mohammad Bazaar, kaliachak and darjeeling. Besides, the Centre is also considering state's request for setting up a 30-bed hospital in Kharagpur, Dattatreya said. The Centre has sanctioned a fund of Rs 187 crore for the upgradation of ESI Hospital at Baltikuri to 300 bed and Rs 30 crore for upgrading the Durgapur unit to a 200 bed hospital from the existing 150-bed facility. The union minister today also heaped praise on Asansol MP and Union minister of state for heavy industries and public enterprises, Babul Supriyo. "Babul is always very keen to develop Asansol. Whenever we meet, he keeps on discussing his vision for Asansol, which is very good for the people of the region as well as the entire state of West Bengal", he said. The labour ministry has recently sanctioned an amount of Rs 40 crore for the ESI Hospital in Asansol, work for which is yet to start. The Union minister also mentioned that the facility at Asansol will be equipped with facilities of a super-speciality hospital.
The minister today also made mention of two new initiatives taken by the ESIC-One IP, Two Dispensaries and Ask an appointment. By availing the One IP, Two dispensaries scheme insured persons (IP) who stay at one place can get treatment their and ensure treatment for their family members staying at another corner of the country. The Ask An Appointment is a mobile-based application using which insured persons can book a an appointment with an ESI doctor sitting at home.