All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to complete in three years. Union minister for health and family welfare J.P. Nadda and AP Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu laid the foundation stone for the AIIMS at Mangalagiri on Saturday. Mr Nadda announced that the AIIMS would be completed in three years and that the Union government was planning to upgrade district medical hospitals into medical colleges to serve the public better. He also said that AP would have a cancer care institute.
Union minister for health and family welfare J.P. Nadda said that Mr Naidu and Union minister M. Venkaiah Naidu had worked arduously towards locating this AIIMS in Mangalagiri and that the Union government was planning to have one in all states. He said that it was a great thing that the Centre had, in a short span of 18 months, started 11 new AIIMSes. He pointed out that the earlier NDA government, led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, started six AIIMSes, and now the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government had started 10 new ones, which was a record of sorts.
Once fully functional, the 17 AIIMSes will have a total bed strength of over 16,300 (960 beds in each). Super speciality blocks are being set up in 70 medical colleges and 58 district hospitals upgraded to medical colleges. There are 20 cancer institutes and 50 tertiary cancer care centres being set up too. The National Cancer Institute, Jhajjar (with bed capacity of 710) and another, the Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, are also being established.
Mr Nadda explained that the total cost of establishment of the new AIIMS in Mangalagiri would be Rs 1,618 crore and it would be completed in a period of three years. Besides the hospital, it would have a teaching, Administration, and Ayush blocks, an auditorium, nursing college, night shelter, guesthouse, hostels and residential facilities. The Ayush wing would have Unani, Siddha and Ayurveda super speciality services.
Mr Nadda said that new AIIMS in Mangalagiri would be a remarkable milestone in the health sector of India. He added that the Union government's initiatives were Mission Indradhanush, Kayakalp, AMRIT, introduction of new vaccines and eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus.