Kolkata: All ESI hospitals in Bengal are going to be modernised and upgraded by the State Government.
During the first phase of the project, five hospitals, comprising the ones in Maniktala in Kolkata, Budge Budge, Asansol, Serampore and Uluberia, are going to be modernised, with the setting up of intensive care units (ICU) and sick newborn care units (SNCU).
In the next phase, ICUs and SNCUs are going to be set up in all the other ESI hospitals.
At present, there are 14 ESI hospitals in Bengal – in Kamarhati, Sealdah, Serampore, Belur, Baltikuri, Uluberia, Kalyani, Gourhati, Budge Budge, Maniktala, Asansol, Bandel, Durgapur and Thakurpukur – with over 3,000 beds. The one in Manicktala is a referral and hence has the maximum number of beds (500). The ESI hospital in Belur functions exclusively as a tuberculosis (TB) hospital while the one in Sealdah has oncology and pain management units.
Those registered under the Employees State Insurance (ESI) Scheme can avail benefits at the ESI hospitals. The benefits are imparted through the Directorate of ESI (Medical Benefit) Scheme under the Labour Department.