Cab­i­net ap­proves pro­posal for es­tab­lish­ing new AIIMS in J&K, Gu­jarat

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The Union Cabi­ne­ton Thurs­day ap­proved a pro­posal for es­tab­lish­ing three new AIIMS -- two in Jammu and Kash­mir and one in Gu­jarat.

The AIIMS at Vi­jay­na­gar in Samba, Jammu, will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,661 crore, the one at Awan­tipora in Pul­wama, Kash­mir, at a cost of Rs 1,828 crore and the AIIMS at Ra­jkot, Gu­jarat, will be set up at a cost of Rs 1,195 crore, an of­fi­cial state­ment said.

Ex­press­ing grat­i­tude, Union health min­is­ter JP Nadda said the ap­proval fol­lows the prime min­is­ter's vi­sion and up­holds the spirit of 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas'.

"Two new AIIMS, one each for Jammu Re­gion and Kash­mir Re­gion in the state of Jammu and Kash­mir was an­nounced by the Prime Min­is­ter un­der the Prime Min­is­ter's De­vel­op­ment Pack­age, and AIIMS in Gu­jarat was an­nounced by the fi­nance min­is­ter in his bud­get speech," Nadda said.

He said set­ting up of new AIIMS would not only trans­form health ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing but will also ad­dress the short­fall of health­care pro­fes­sion­als in the re­gion.

"The es­tab­lish­ment of new AIIMS will serve the dual pur­pose of pro­vid­ing su­per spe­cialty health­care to the pop­u­la­tion closer to their homes, 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 and fa­cil­i­ties be­ing cre­ated un­der the Na­tional Health Mis­sion (NHM)," the min­is­ter said. Con­struc­tion of the new AIIMS is fully funded by the cen­tral gov­ern­ment. The op­er­a­tions and main­te­nance ex­penses on new AIIMS are also borne by the Cen­tre, he said.

Terming it his­toric, Nadda fur­ther said that set­ting up of new AIIMS in the states will lead to em­ploy­ment gen­er­a­tion for nearly 3,000 peo­ple in var­i­ous fac­ulty and non fac­ulty posts.

He said each new AIIMS will add 100 UG (MBBS) seats and 60 BSC (nurs­ing) seats, and the new AIIMS will have 15-20 su­per spe­cialty de­part­ments.

"Each new AIIMS will add around 750 hos­pi­tal beds. As per data of cur­rent func­tional AIIMS, it is ex­pected that each new AIIMS would cater to around 1,500 OPD pa­tients per day and around 1,000 IPD pa­tients per month," he added.

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