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Work on AIIMS-like institutions to begin soon

The Government today indicated that work on the six new institutions planned to be set up around the country on the lines of Delhi's prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was likely to start soon.


An official press release said tenders for the main civil packages were being invited. The total cost of the construction for the six sites is estimated at Rs 1908 crore.


It said all detailed engineering drawings had been prepared and environmental clearance had been obtained for five out of the six sites.


According to the release the medical college complex at each location would be built in 15 months and the hospital-out-patient department (OPD) complex in 24 months.


The institutions are coming up as part of the first phase of the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) with the objective of correcting regional imbalances in the availability of affordable and reliable tertiary healthcare services and also to augment facilities for quality medical education and research in the country.


The six institutions are being set up in Patna (Bihar), Raipur (Chhattisgarh), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh), Bhubaneswar (Orissa), Jodhpur (Rajasthan) and Rishikesh (Uttarakhand) at an estimated cost of Rs 820 crore per institution.


According to the release, each of these institutions will have a 960 bedded hospital (500 beds for the medical college hospital; 300 beds for Specialty/Super Speciality departments; 100 beds for ICU/Accident and trauma).


In addition, 30 beds have been kept for Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) and another 30 for traditional medicine systems.


The institutions will offer full-fledged multi-disciplinary healthcare with facilities in 42 speciality/super-speciality disciplines.


The medical colleges will each have an annual intake of 100 undergraduate students and also offer post-graduate and doctoral programmes. The nursing college attached to the institutions also will have an annual intake of 100 at the undergraduate level and 25 at the post-graduate level.


The release said the State Governments concerned had provided 100 acres of land free of cost for the institutions.


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