New Delhi: The Delhi Government is considering a special OPD service for 10 lakhs elderly persons living in the national capital. Besides, the families with less than Rs 1 lakh annual income will now be able to reap benefits from the Delhi Arogya Nidhi, the health scheme run by the Government of Delhi.

The announcement was made by Delhi Health Minister Dr AK Walia on the launch of medical camps for the senior citizens at Dr. Hedgewar Arogya Sansthan, Karkardooma on Saturday.

To mark the International Senior Citizens Day on Saturday, 21 hospitals of the capital had organised a health camp for the elderly from eight in the morning till 4 pm. East Delhi MP Sandeep Dikshit and MLA Naseeb Singh were also present on the occasion.

Addressing the function, Dr AK Walia said, “Special OPDs for senior citizens are being run in 24 hospitals in the national capital on every Sunday. We are now considering to make it a routine exercise.”

 “The families with annual income below Rs 1 lakh can also enjoy the benefits of the Delhi Arogya Nidhi scheme. This policy was first entitled to only the families with annual income less than Rs 24,000 but now if a poor patient is critically ill, he will be given financial assistance to upto Rs 2.5 lakhs,” he added.   

Meanwhile, Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad inaugurated the construction of underground parking facility at AIIMS. He announced, “Work to renovate the private ward will soon be started and the number of beds will be increased from 60 to 110 beds along with a separate underground parking.”

He also released a book regarding the government’s plans to open eight medical colleges in the country and launching a national level programme for the senior citizens.