Modi lays foundation stone for AIIMS unit in Assam; to be completed in 4 years
Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of a unit of the Delhibased All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Changsari on Friday. Instead of conducting the ceremony at the site of the institute to be constructed 26 km away from Guwahati, Modi, who was on a whirlwind tour of the state, did it by pressing a remote from the Sarusajai stadium in the state’s capital. To be constructed at a cost of Rs 1,123 crores as part of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana’, the unit is expected to be completed within the next four years. It will have a hospital comprising 750 beds, a medical college for 100 MBBS students annually, a nursing college for 60 students each year and 22 super specialty departments including 16 operation theatres. Setting up of the unit at Changsari has been riddled with controversy with people from Raha, located 76 km east from the state capital, demanding that the institute be constructed there. On Thursday, despite imposition of Section 144 in parts of central
Assam, hundreds under the banner of Middle Assam AIIMS Demand Committee blocked NH 37 for two hours demanding that the unit be set up at Raha. The committee had also approached the National Green Tribunal (NGT) seeking a ban on setting up of the unit at Changsari on the ground that the area falls in an eco-sensitive zone. Last year, a youth was killed in police firing in a demonstration at Raha.
Cabinet approves setting up of new AIIMS in Kamrup, Assam
The Union Cabinet, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, has given its approval for establishment of new AIIMS at Kamrup (North Guwahati Revenue circle). The cost of the project is Rs.1123 crore and it will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY). The new AIIMS will be completed in a period of 48 months from the zero date (that is the date of the approval of Government of India), broadly comprising a pre-construction phase of 15 months, a construction phase of 30 months and stabilization / commissioning phase of three months. Details: The Institution will consist of a hospital with a capacity of 750 beds, trauma center facilities, medical college with an intake of 100 MBBS students per year, nursing college with an intake of 60 B.Sc. (Nursing) students per year, residential complexes and allied facilities / services, broadly on the pattern of AIIMS, New Delhi. The hospital will have 22 Speciality/SuperSpeciality Departments including 16 Operation Theaters. It will also have an AYUSH department with 30 beds for providing treatment facilities in traditional system of medicine. Impact: The establishment of new AIIMS will serve the dual purpose of providing super speciality health care to the population while also help create a large pool of doctors and other health workers in this region that can be available for primary and secondary level institutions / facilities being created under National Health Mission (NHM). Background: Under this scheme, AIIMS have been established in Bhubaneshwar, Bhopal, Raipur, Jodhpur, Rishikesh and Patna while work of AIIMS Rae Bareli is in progress. Also, three AIIMS in Nagpur (Maharashtra), Kalyani (West Bengal) and Mangalagiri in Guntur (Andhra Pradesh) have been sanctioned in 2015 and two AIIMS have been sanctioned at Bathinda and Gorakhpur in 2016.
Assam: AIIMS to be set up in Guwahati soon
Union minister of Health, JP Nadda stated that both the Central and State governments are in the process of setting up All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) in Guwahati to convert the city into a hub of healthcare. Nadda made the statement during the foundation stone laying ceremony of the news superspeciality block of Guwahati Medical College Hospital(GMCH) in Guwahati. Nadda said, ” A new AIIMS has been announced by our government for the state of Assam. I have already discussed the land-related issues for the construction of the proposed AIIMS with the health minister of state. Soon, Guwahati will have its own AIIMS which will transform the city into a hub of healthcare.” Additionally, Nadda also mentioned that an AIIMS will be constructed in every state of the country in a phased manner and the Centre has already started the initial process of establishing 10 such medical institutions in addition to the existing ones.
Union minister of Health, JP Nadda