Cen­tre's pan - In­dia AIIMS ini­tia­tive is a dud

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Even as AIIMS in New Delhi con­tin­ues to bat­tle a heavy in­flow of pa­tients from all across the coun­try, the Cen­tre's pan In­dia AIIMS ini­tia­tive is pro­gress­ing with an ant's pace. Al­though the Cen­tral gov­ern­ment has pledged to open at least 11 AIIMS like hos­pi­tal spe­cial­ties in the coun­try, only six have be­come func­tional un­til now. They are the ones that have been opened in Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Raipur, Rishikesh, and Jodh­pur, leav­ing pa­tients in the north­east or far south cry­ing for at­ten­tion.

Since most of the hospitals in In­dia are not su­per spe­cialty ones and lack the in­fra­struc­ture and ameni­ties of the All In­dia In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sci­ences, peo­ple con­tinue to flock to New Delhi for treat­ment, giv­ing a night­mare to the med­i­cal staff who find them­selves grossly un­der-staffed in pro­por­tion to the pa­tients' in­flux.

Adding to the pres­sure is the fact that the Cen­tre is faced with 17 new re­quests from var­i­ous states de­mand­ing set­ting up of AIIMS like hospitals. This year, the Naren­dra Modi led Union gov­ern­ment had pledged the open­ing of such care-unit in Jhark­hand and Gu­jarat but not much progress was wit­nessed.

It was in the year 2004-2005 that the then Atal Be­hari­va­j­payee led BJP gov­ern­ment had an­nounced that re­gional AIIMS will be de­vel­oped in states like Bi­har, Ch­hat­tis­garh, Mad­hya Pradesh, Orissa, Ra­jasthan and Ut­taran­chal which is now Ut­tarak­hand. The gov­ern­ment of the time had also promised to up­grade ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kash­mir, Tamil Nadu and West Ben­gal.

But the UPA gov­ern­ment that came to power pro­gressed on the front at a rather slow pace and took 10 years to com­plete the projects. Ex­cept in the con­stituency of Congress pres­i­dent and UPA chair­per­son So­nia Gandhi's Rae­bareli, and in Raiganj, no new AIIMS were an­nounced in the pe­riod span­ning 2005-2014.

When Naren­dra Modi came to power, he an­nounced that the work on open­ing re­gional AIIMS will be given pri­or­ity but again very lit­tle has been achieved so far in this di­rec­tion. In the union bud­get of 2015-16, the gov­ern­ment made a dec­la­ra­tion of six new AIIMS—IN Jammu & Kash­mir, Pun­jab, Tamil Nadu, Hi­machal Pradesh, As­sam and Bi­har (sec­ond AIIMS). But we will have to wait to see if the prom­ise is kept.

The pa­thetic doc­tor to pa­tient ra­tio con­tin­ues to bur­den In­dia's health­care sys­tem for the time be­ing. Most pa­tients in the ru­ral ar­eas and even semi-ur­ban ar­eas have to con­tinue to flock to the met­ros for treat­ment, sig­nif­i­cantly rais­ing the health­care charges.

When Naren­dra Modi came to power, he an­nounced that the work on open­ing re­gional AIIMS will be given pri­or­ity but again very lit­tle has been achieved so far in this di­rec­tion.

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