Gandhinagar, Nov 12 (IANS) The Ahmedabad-based Civil Hospital, the biggest state-run hospital in Gujarat, will be modernised at a cost of Rs.9.11 billion (Rs.911.68 crore), Chief Minister Narendra Modi announced here Wednesday.
The hospital, set up in 1952, will be renovated and its capacity would be increased from 2,150 beds to 5,150 beds, Modi told reporters.
'With the addition of the bed capacity it will be the biggest healthcare complex in Asia,' he said.
It will also have more operation theatres and other modern facilities.
Instead of the 600,000 patients it serves annually, 2.5 million patients would benefit once the project is completed in three phases by 2010 when the state will be celebrating its golden jubilee, the chief minister said.
'Gujarat is aiming for an impeccable record in HDI (human development index) and social infrastructure services. With public participation, various innovative initiatives are being implemented to bring a qualitative changes in the healthcare and its delivery mechanism. Inspired by the success, we have initiated the most ambitious project of transforming the Ahmedabad civil hospital,' Modi said.