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Union Ministers lay foundation of satellite campus of AIIMS

Press Trust of India  |  Balasore (Odisha) 

Union Ministers J P and today laid the foundation for establishment of a of AIIMS, at Samalpur near town.

"A 300 bedded multispecialty hospital will be established over 24.91 acres of land, as a for AIIMS multi-speciality," Nadda, the said at a meeting after laying the foundation stone.

He said the construction of and two blocks of Staff Quarters (Phase-I) is expected to be completed within 15 months with the project cost of Rs 35.76 crore.

The for AIIMS is intended to widen and improve by creating state-of-the-art infrastructure, bringing specialised healthcare services within reach of people in the region, reducing the average distances served by an institution, catering to the and reducing burden in region and adjoining areas, the Union Health Minister said.

Stating that the would also reduce the burden on AIIMS, considerably, said. The AIIMS, Bhubaneswar has now been conducting a weekly OPD services at for more than one year in collaboration with (ITR), DRDO.

"I thank the ITR management to render all infrastructure support for continuing this OPD services for the people of this regions. Now the dreams of the people realised with the laying of the foundation stone of this centre," he said.

This for which the foundation stone was laid would be functional within a short period of time as the construction work has already been awarded to CPWD.

More than 20 per cent of the total patients of the AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, are from North and neighbouring districts of These patients had to travel about 200 km to get medical treatment at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. Therefore, a quality affordable reliable health care centre is need of the hour for the people of this region, he said.

"I am sure that the at Balasore will be able to bridge that gap. This will help the patients of this region to save expenditures incurred towards travel cost of 400 Kilometres (to and fro) for coming to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar besides saving valuable time," he said.

The patients from three districts of Balasore, Bhadrak and Mayurbhanj and adjoining areas of the and will be largely benefited, said adding that once the regular OPD services of the Satellite Centre is operational, these 600-700 OPD patients per day from that region may avail the services at the Satellite Centre.

The MBBS Interns and PG students of AIIMS, Bhubaneswar will also be posted there, he said.

"My Ministry will take all measures to see that the 300 bedded Hospitals be operational in a short time," the said.

He noted that has recently launched the 'Ayushman Bharat Pradhan Mantri Jan Aarogya Abhiyan' programme to provide assured universal healthcare to over 50 crore people from the vulnerable sections.

"should take benefit of the worlds largest healthcare scheme. No Aadhaar card is needed to get its benefit. Under the Ayushman Bharat scheme a beneficiary can get treatment facilities from empanelled hospitals across the country. Several states have come forward to implement the scheme, so should not lag behind," he added.

Petroleum and in his speech criticised the for not becoming part of the Centre's Ayushman Bharat scheme.

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First Published: Sat, August 25 2018. 21:45 IST
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