19 December, New Delhi
Union Health Minister J P Nadda Saturday said more tertiary health care centers would soon be established all over the country.
He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at Mangalagiri in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh.
Nadda said in a span of 18 months, the NDA government at the Centre has decided to establish 10 AIIMS in various parts of the country to take super specialty healthcare services closer to common people.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants that modern and advanced healthcare system be made available to the people across the country. By establishing 10 All India Institute of Medical Sciences, a total of 16,300 more beds would be added under super-specialty hospitals. He said the Centre has also plans to upgrade 70 medical colleges into Super Specialty and 58 district hospitals to medical colleges in the country.
Nadda said the Centre is setting up two regional Caner Centres at Jajjhar (Haryana) and Kolkata, while 20 modern cancer treatment centers would be coming up in other parts of the country including Andhra Pradesh.
Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu also spoke on the occasion attended by Union Ministers Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Y. Sujana Chowdhary and AP Ministers P. Pullarao, K. Srinivas, Guntur MP G. Jayadev and others.
The AIIMS-Mangalagiri would be constructed at a cost of Rs.1,618 crore allocated by the Centre, with a capacity of 900 beds in 193 acres of land. The AIIMS-Mangalagiri would have 100 medical seats and PG Medical College and Research Centre would also be affiliated to the AIIMS.
The infrastructure included a Public Health Centre and a Paramedical Centre. The AIIMS services are expected to come into existence by 2018.